By Festus Ahon
ASABA—Following recent media reports on child trafficking in Delta State, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Omatsola Williams, yesterday, said the ministry had devised a new plan to tackle the issue.
Briefing newsmen in her office, Omatsola said that the ministry was not involved in child trafficking, describing those behind the media reports as mischief makers, adding that the state was poised to bring to book all human traffickers.
Disclosing that the Ministry registered 27 orphanage homes containing 307 children in the state that are under continuous observance, she urged Deltans to also be proactive in assisting the ministry with information that could help in curbing the menace of trafficking.
Recounting some of the efforts of the ministry so far, she said that the ministry had conducted raids on suspicious orphanage homes in Warri and had proactively thwarted efforts to traffick children in Sapele axis of the state.
On the allegation that the ministry was involved in child trafficking, she insisted that it was not true, accusing one Mr. Aghogho Ighorokwunu of sponsoring the said media reports in some national dailies.
She alleged: “Aghogho Ighorokwunu, proprietor of Exclusive Academy, a reformatory centre in Abraka, Ethiope East axis of the state, applied to be given permission to raid certain spots in the state to which the ministry refused.
“We explained to him that it was only law enforcement agents that could execute such acts. He even took us to court, we are just surprised that he still went ahead to address the press on a case before the law court.”