Imo govt adopts 24 pregnant girls

Imo State government has adopted the 24 rescued pregnant young girls by the security operatives in the state.

Governor  Owelle Rochas Okorocha disclosed this when officials of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development presented the victims to the governor in Government House.

He also approved the immediate release of N10 million for the upkeep of the pregnant girls and to ensure save delivery of their babies.

Okorocha who flanked by his wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, and members of the State Executive Council, expressed shock at the plight of the girls who claimed were taken to the centre under false pretense, describing the development as morally wrong.

He appealed to parents to device a way of accepting and handling such situations instead of chasing them away into wrong hands where they will be converted and treated as baby making machines.

The governor, however,  ordered the immediate closure of all illegal motherless baby homes in the state, pointing out that henceforth cases of child adoption must have his approval or that of the First Lady.

He also ordered the immediate demolition of the centre where the victims were rescued at Umuaka, Njaba council even as he condemned the ugly trend of people making money from child trafficking and other illegal means in the state.

Also, the First Lady, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, thanked Governor Okorocha for his fatherly role in the state and assured that she would take care of the pregnant girls as directed by the governor.

Mrs. Okorocha disclosed that her office will engage a doctor that will take care of the girls to avoid complications during pregnancy and described the discovery as divine intervention towards rescuing the state from all kinds of immorality and evil-doings.

In another development, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has charged the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and the church to partner with the state government in its determination to check crime especially child trafficking, illegal adoption, armed robbery and kidnapping.

He urged them to always preach against immorality and societal ills that are prevalent in the society.

In his remarks, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, described human life as sacred which should not be toyed with.

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