Ify Obinabo, the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare in Anambra State, has disclosed that her ministry successfully apprehended Reverend D.C. Ogo, the founder of Arrows of God Orphanage.
Following FIJ’s undercover investigation revealing the orphanage’s involvement in illicit adoption practices, Ogo was handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The investigative work, led by FIJ’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief ‘Fisayo Soyombo, spanned 19 months, during which the orphanage’s activities were closely monitored, StechiteGist Media gathered.
The exposé detailed how Arrows of God Orphanage, owned by Rev. Lt. Col. D.C. Ogo, a retired Army Colonel and ordained Minister, had been clandestinely selling babies for cash.
After FIJ’s report and accompanying documentary, NAPTIP took custody of the baby purchased by FIJ for N2 million. Law enforcement officials, including the police and the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, arrested an orphanage staff member in Ajah.
Subsequently, all four branches of the orphanage in Lagos were sealed, a move reciprocated in Anambra State, where the state’s Ministry of Youth and Social Development sealed the Anambra outlet.
Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, the media aide to Commissioner Ify Obinabo, confirmed the arrest of Rev. D.C. Ogo and her handover to NAPTIP in a statement on the ministry’s Facebook account.
Commissioner Obinabo expressed dismay at the tarnished image brought upon Anambra State by illegal adoption practices. Rev. Ogo, during questioning, cited her secretary as the individual responsible for the adoption process, StechiteGist Media learned.
Conclusion: The arrest and handover of Rev. D.C. Ogo to NAPTIP by Anambra State authorities confirm the seriousness of the allegations revealed in FIJ’s investigation.
Verdict: The exposé on Arrows of God Orphanage and subsequent actions by law enforcement validate the illegal adoption practices exposed by FIJ, leading to concrete consequences for those involved.