About 21 children have been reported missing from a motherless babies’ home in Anambra State.
The sad news was disclosed yesterday by wife of the Anambra State Governor, Chief Mrs Ebere Obiano.
She ordered a probe into the disappearance of the children from Madonna Angels Community Children’s Home (Motherless Babies’ Home) in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area.
Mrs. Obiano, who supervises the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, told journalists that the details and whereabouts of the missing children must be discovered.
The disappearance of the children was after the Department of State Security, DSS, discovered 14 child mothers in the home and arrested them.
The development forced the ministry officials and the Nigeria Police to investigate the matter and discovered that there were 21 missing babies. The management of the home could only account for five of the 26 babies in the facility.
A ministry official said the governor’s wife was not happy as she always frowns at any kind of child trafficking and has vowed to stop the perpetrators by all means. You will remember that she has asked all traffickers in the state to leave Anambra or face the wrath of the law.’’
A security source said the police discovered the missing children as the home had 26 of them before the DSS burst the harbouring of 14 pregnant girls in the home against what it was registered for.
The DSS officials got curious on asking where those who had been delivered kept their babies but did not get satisfactory answers, the source said.
When contacted, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Victoria Chikelu, confirmed the development but said she was in a meeting and referred Nigerian Pilot to her Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Victoria Mgbemena for details.
The Reverend Sister in-charge of the home, Reverend Sister Uyanne, could not be reached for clarification.
Already, the ministry has ordered the closure of the home.


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