7 May 2009

Nigeria: Red Cross Shuts Nnewi Motherless Babies Home Over Alleged Malpractices

Awka — THE Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) in Anambra state has closed down the Nnewi Red Cross Motherless Babies Home over alleged irregularities and malpractices, which are allegedly at variance with the Society's Motherless Babies Homes guidelines.

NRCS state chairman, Dr. Peter Katchy, in a statement said, "Nigerian Red Cross Society Anambra State regrets to inform our numerous donors, supporters, volunteers and members of the public that sequel to irregularities and malpractices contrary to Nigerian Red Cross Society Motherless Babies Home guidelines and gross misrepresentation of this latent society, the Red Cross Motherless Babies Home, Nnewi has been closed down.

"We wish to acknowledge the kindest support and generous donations of our numerous donors' supports and volunteers," he said.

He said that NRCS had petitioned the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and National Agency For the Prohibition and Trafficking In Person (NAPTIP) over alleged child trafficking at the home and requested its immediate closure.

According to him, NRCS visited the home with officials of Child Welfare Development of Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and made startling discoveries.

The discoveries includes that: "there is no Motherless Babies at Nnewi Red Cross Home, that there is no abandoned babies at the home; ten babies were seen and recovered at the home by the Child Welfare officers who led the fact finding investigations to the home.

The said ten babies were gathered by a man who claimed to be the chairman of Nigeria Red Cross Society, Nnewi Branch, who also claimed to be the matron in charge of the home; and the ten babies were collected from unknown sources and were displayed to attract gift from public-spirited individuals, organisations and government officials.

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