- The Lagos state government has rescued 24 children from an illegal orphanage
- The children were rescued from Pro Labore Der Orphanage at Gbetewo village
- The commissioner of youth and social development in Lagos state said patronage of illegal orphanage is a crime
Twenty four children have been rescued from an illegal orphanage in Olorunda local council development area of Badagary, Lagos state.
The children were rescued by the Lagos state government from Pro Labore Der Orphanage at Gbetewo village in the area.
Leadership reports that officials of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development in the state carried out a rescue operation after it received a distress call on illegal activities of the orphanage.
While the operators of the illegal orphanage absconded, the government's team were able to rescue 24 children between the ages of four months and a 17-year old pregnant woman.
Confirming the incident, the commissioner for youth and social development in Lagos, Agboola Dabiri told journalists that the state will not go back on its resolve to rid Lagos of illegal homes.
Dabiri said: "For no reason should children be deprived of their rights, adequate care, feeding, shelter, clothing and health care. We are not against adoption, but patronage of illegal orphanage is a crime.
"It is fine for churches, mosques to own orphanage homes. We are not against that, but they do not have the right to give licences or authorise the operation of a home. Only the ministry has the mandate of regulating and authorising operation of homes. No rest for illegal homes, nobody should hide behind religious organisations," Dabiri said.
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He further urged landlords to be mindful of activities of their tenants to avoid harboring criminals.
Legit.ng earlier reported that baby factory run by a Togolese woman was raided in Lekki area of Lagos state. The team of officials involved in the raid rescued three children.
Also, the proprietor of the illegal home, a pregnant woman and seven other peoples were arrested by the rescue team.
The raid was conducted with the backing of 20 policemen from the Ajah police station and area ‘J’ police command in Lagos state.
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