A pastor has been arrested for running an illegal orphanage out of his home in Lagos.
The pastor identified as Onoyngu Chibuike, who is the founder of the Voice of Salvation Charitable Organisation in Lagos state, was arrested for operating an illegal orphanage in his house.
According to The Nation, it was discovered that the orphanage which was founded in 2010, was not registered under the Lagos State Government after a child fell sick and he couldn't provide the child's medical history as requested by the hospital. Pastor Chibuike however maintained that it was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2010, after receiving a 'divine mandate' to start an orphanage 6 years ago to rescue society’s helpless children.
The Lagos state task force and the ministry of youth and social development, raided his home in the Ojo area of Lagos, where they found other children.
Speaking on the issue, he said:
“I am from Anambra State. I am called by God to render this service to humanity by helping the less privileged, such as widows, motherless children and homeless people. I provide adequate care for these children till their parents can take over their care. For those that were abandoned, I train them even up to university level.”
He claimed that some of the children were brought to him by the police:
“Some of these children here were brought to me by the police, some were brought by their biological mothers, who in some instances claimed they had the children out of wedlock and they cannot attend to the needs of the children or shoulder their responsibilities.
Commenting on the issue, the Lagos state commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf, said disciplinary action will be taken against the pastor:
“When you operate an illegal orphanage in Lagos, it is a criminal offence. Your registration with CAC does not give you any licence to operate an orphanage in Lagos. Here we operate with the law that guides us. Orphanage is not a charitable organization you feel God has guided you to go and assist people."
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