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ANAMBRA: Govt shuts orphanage allegedly trading babies for cash 

THE State Government has swooped down on Arrows of God Community Children’s Home in the Oyi Local Government Area of the state and closed it permanently following claims of unlawful adoption and child trafficking.

Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, announced the closure of the orphanage after a documentary report by a journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism.

Obinabo, in the company of security personnel, stormed the orphanage and sealed it off on Wednesday.

It was gathered that the owner and the staff members of the orphanage had fled and are still at large, while some children, numbering up to 20, including a newborn baby, were retrieved from the orphanage home.

The statistics of children found at the orphanage include ten boys, nine girls, and a newborn baby, all aged between 1 and 17.

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