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See the Faces of Notorious Women Who Hire Babies to Beg in Lagos as They're Paraded (Photo)

See the Faces of Notorious Women Who Hire Babies to Beg in Lagos as They're Paraded (Photo)

The beggars and the rescued babies

The Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, on Thursday, said it rescued five infants from notorious beggars who used them to solicit for alms.

Two months after the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development rescued three babies and apprehended two women for using less than a month old baby to beg for alms, the ministry on Thursday, disclosed that it rescued five infants of about 14-month-old from beggars who used them to solicit for alms at the Iyana-Ipaja area of the state.

The Lagos State Permanent Secretary, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who paraded the three suspects and the rescued infants on Thursday before newsmen in the state, said the women and their infants were apprehended during routine rescue operations by the ministry.

“It is very sad that most of the beggars are not the biological parents of the children they use for begging. It is our responsibility as government to protect the dignity of children being used as tools for begging which is a punishable offence.”

While reaffirming government’s commitment to enforce the Child Right Law, the Perm Sec said one of the women was caught without her children as they escaped arrest on sighting the rescue team.

Speaking to newsmen, 35-year-old Shakira Olatunde, who is one of the suspects, claimed her husband absconded when she gave birth to her child. She said: “I was selling rice and beans but when Customs seized my goods I became helpless.

“When I was selling sachet water, the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officials arrested me,” Olatunde added.

Another suspect, Mrs. Abosede Ayuba, who was arrested with two identical twins, claimed that she lost her husband when she gave birth to the twins.

According to her, “I used to work before but I stopped working when I did not have strength to work. As I speak, I don’t have a cup of ‘Gaari’ at home to give them.”

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