The Delta State Government has arrested a 50- year-old woman and rescued 22 orphans after a raid on an illegal orphanage in Ashaka, Ndokwa East LGA.
It said the erring orphanage, Foster Paradise, which was shut down, breached the Child Rights Bill domesticated by law in the state.
Delta Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Flora Alata stressed the imperatives of compliance with rules and regulations guiding the setting up of orphanage.
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Represented by an official, Mrs. Oghenekevwe Agas, said the proprietress was unable to provide any detailed registered documents accounting for the number of children in her custody.
She said the safety of the children was the priority of government, stressing that the ministry does not have accurate data and information on the children.
The orphans were sent to government-accredited orphanages in Ughelli, and Ogwashi-Uku in Ughelli North and Aniocha South LGAs respectively.
The suspect identified as Mrs Antonett said she relocated from Lagos and began the registration process but had not acquired the license.