Police arrest workers over missing baby

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 9th, 2014
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The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Awkuzu in Anambra State yesterday arrested five workers of the Nnewi South Motherless Babies Home (Community Children’s Home), Amichi for the alleged disappearance of a two-month-old baby boy, Emmanuel Chidera Okeke-Nwaorah.

Officials of SARS, on the directive of the officer in charge, James Nwafor, swooped on the home, following a tip-off.

The Head of the Department of Social Welfare/ESD Nnewi-South, Mrs. B.N. Emelie was not arrested, but the Head of the home, Mrs. Ozo Eucharia and others were arrested and are assisting the police in their investigation.

A source said troubled began when a young girl walked into the home and took little Emmanuel away. He said the baby’s guardian cried out when he visited the home and discovered that he was missing.

The source said the matter was reported to the police and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

The Nation learnt that the baby’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Nworah, were told that their child was ill and in a hospital at Nnewi.

The source said the parents searched for the baby in hospitals and petitioned the ministry and the police, leading to SARS’ intervention.

Confirming the incident, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Lady Henrietta Agbata, who spoke through the Director, Child Development, Mr. Emeka Ejide, said the victim’s parents petitioned the ministry. He confirmed that the police arrested workers of the Amichi Motherless Babies Home.

According to him, they were awaiting directives from the commissioner.

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