BREAKING: Arrows Of God Founder, Rev. D. C. Ogo Arrested By #NAPTIP—-The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has taken custody of one Rev. D.C. Ogo, who was accused of founding a ‘baby factory’ known as Arrows of God Community Children’s Home in Anambra State.
According to the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare in the state, Ogo specialised in illegal child adoption.
Ogo’s arrest was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement issued by Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, media aide to the Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo.
Ikeanyionwu said Ogo was arrested during an operation led by the ministry following a report done by investigative journalist and founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), Fisayo Soyombo.
Twenty children were recovered from the operator including a newborn baby, according to the statement.
The ministry in the statement made available to journalists in Awka, the state capital, said, “The Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare has handed over the founder of Arrows of God Community Children’s Home in Nkwelle 33, Rev D.C. Ogo, to men of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for illegal adoption.
“Addressing the founder of the home in her office in Awka, Obinabo lamented over the bad image Reverend Ogo has given the state, despite the government’s numerous efforts to rid Anambra State of corrupt adoption practices.
“The commissioner, therefore, warned other community children’s home operators to desist from all forms of illegalities that will bring a bad name to the state.
“On why she carried out the adoption process, despite the commissioner’s warning, Reverend Ogo could not come up with any reasonable excuse to the question but rather said that it was her secretary, one Mr Monday, who handled the adoption.
“When she was asked why it took her two months to surface after the sealing of the home, the suspect, Rev Ogo, alleged that she was sick hence couldn’t come when she was summoned.
“It will be recalled that Arrows of God Community Children’s Home, Nkwelle 33 has been sealed over illegal adoption where 20 children were recovered from the operator including a newborn.”