CRIME

NCWS Berates Ministry Officials For Selling Mentally Challenged Woman’s Baby For 1m

By Dupson Collins 30 October, 2021

In what is condemnable by all, the leadership of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) in Ondo State has joined millions Nigerian to berate the alleged selling of a baby girl belonging to a mentally challenged woman by some officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development for one million naira.

The officials of the ministry met their Waterloo for allegedly stolen the child of a mentally challenged woman that was put in their care.

While speaking with the PATH, the State President of NCWS, Pastor Mrs Jumoke Aborode condemned the act, saying it is dehumanizing to have stolen the child of the mentally derailed against her wish.

According to her, ” It is inhumane to stole the child of the mentally challenged woman put in their care. They took advantage of the woman state of health for their sinister motive. This is a woman that needs attention and care but its unfortunate that a director in the ministry can descend to the level of involving in child racketeering’.

The defendants; Sarumi Adeyemi and Orisamehin Florence Bosede are senior officials of the Ondo State ministry of Women affairs with the former being on a director’s cadre.

Having faced disciplinary action from the ministry, the duo are currently appearing before an Akure high court judge and were charged with the offences of conspiracy and child stealing.

According to an information filed by the prosecution led by Bunmi Koyenikan of the Department of Public prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, the mother of the child, Deborah Iretioluwa Olorundare was a destitute and mentally deranged when she gave birth to the child on a street and was taken by good Samaritans to MM Catholic hospital in Ondo.

Officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs alerted of the development had waded in and sent the mother to the Ondo State psychiatric hospital, along Oda road, Akure while the child was taken to an orphanage.

PATH learnt that, after her rapid recovery and eventual discharge from the facility, the defendants had to present her with a baby due to pressure from family and the hospital.

However, the situation took on a sinister twist when the woman rejected the imbecile baby boy brought to her and insisted that her baby was a girl.

Upon petitions from concerned authorities, Department of State Services investigated the allegations and claims made by the mother and the psychiatric hospital and the duo of Sarumi Adeyemi and Orisamehin Florence Bosede, were charged to court.

The original baby was allegedly given to one Mrs. Toyin Olabiwonninu for adoption after a payment of about one million naira.

It was discovered that in July 2020, one Mrs Toyin Olabiwonninu came to Akure zonal welfare office to adopt a baby.

She was directed to the second defendant to obtain adoption form and the baby was thereafter brought from the orphanage and handed over to the woman.

Olanbiwoninu Oluwatoyin, being a childless woman, went for adoption around May, 2020 at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development office, Oke-Eda, Akure.

She was given some forms to fill and around October 2020, she was called to come for a baby girl because that was her specification.

Meanwhile, relevant authority should ensure justice is done and those found wanting are made to face the law.

The President charged people going for adoption to follow due process and shun backyard means of adopting child, adding that they shouldn’t allow desperation to aggravate their worries of having baby of their own.

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