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Orphanage Where 4-Year-Old Elo Ogidi Was Found Has Been Shut Down


The orphanage where 4 year old girl Elo Ogidi was found has been shut down by the Edo State Government.

God’s Own Orphanage in Benin was shut by the Edo State Government, following the discovery of a missing Elo Ogidi.

This was made known in a statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, on Friday.

According to the statement, three other children were found without proper documentation during a visit by officials from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to the facility.

Elo was reported to have been stolen during a church service she attended with her parents at the Christ Embassy in Oregun, Lagos, in July but was found at the orphanage on August 24.

The proprietress of the facility located in the Siluko area of Benin, one Mrs. Kehinde Imarigbe, had later been arrested and detained by the state police command.

Imarigbe, who was paraded on Tuesday, had alleged that the little girl was brought to her orphanage on July 8 by one Mr. Chukwuma, who she said claimed to be her (Elo) father.

She had also claimed that her centre was registered by the ministry and had been in operation for four years with 15 children.

But the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Magdalene Ohenhen, said that the management of the children’s home did not follow due process in admitting Elo into the centre.

Ohenhen, however, noted that the remaining children at the orphanage would be moved to a safer centre.

She also said that the children would be placed under the care of the state government, pending when the investigation on the activities of the home was concluded.


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