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6 Parents Granted Bail By A Magistrate Court After They Pleaded Not Guilty To Child Abandonment, Abdication Of Parental Responsibilities Unable To Produce Shortee To Secure Their Bail

by Anita Ogona

Six out of ten parents who had allegedly left their children in the care of a 30 years old self acclaimed Pastor who was arrested for operating an illegal orphanage home and  for selling a 3 months old baby, has pleaded with the court to forgive them for trusting and abounding their children with a young stranger.

sitting in Port Harcourt judicial Division had remanded the 30 years old man in police custody for allegedly selling a month old baby at Rumuokaparali in Ozuoba Rivers state.
The Chief magistrate, Amaka Amanze after hearing from the 30 years old suspect identified as pastor Louis Tuoyo who admitted to running an orphanage home without proper or formal registration said he is in the business to help indigent parents who cannot train their children to train the children.

The magistrate ordered police to Remand him in custody and to arrest all the parents that had dropped their children at the orphanage for abdicating in their parental responsibility by abandoning their children in the hand of a total stranger contrary to the child rights act section 27,cap 50 of 2003

When the matter came up the parents all took turns to explain why they had left the children in the cars of a young teacher who is supposed to be teaching their children at home while they fend for the families
the six parents who pleaded not guilty was granted bail but failed to secure shortee for their bail bond
Speaking outside the court room Lawyers to FIDA, Esther Okorienta told our correspondent that the pastor ran the orphanage in a self contain room inside a public compound and that neighbor raised alarm at the sexual immoral act noticed amongst the children in the illegal orphanage.

Our correspondent also reports that the matter was adjourned to the 15th of September 2020 for continuation of hearing but the matter came up on the 17th September 2020 and the 10 children rescued from the illegal orphanage home has been sent to ministry of social welfare pending the outcome of the investigation.

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