Photonews: Akwa Ibom State Government Invades Private Orphanage, "Abducts 19 Children"

Officials of Akwa Ibom Government on Monday invaded the premises of a private orphanage in Eket, Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), and abducted some 19 children who declined an offer of relocation presented to them.

SaharaReporters learnt that government officials tried unsuccessfully to convince the children to move to the state capital in Uyo after they had intimidated the staff of CRARN to submit to their arrogance.

But when the children vehemently refused to leave the centre, the desperate officials changed their tactics and lured the children under the pretext that they were taking them to inspect the new place prepared for them by Governor Godswill Akpabio.

Some of the children questioned the rationale for the movement from the private shelter when many more children who are accused of witchcraft are still on the streets.

The entire operation was led by Attah  Ikiddeh, who went along with a handful of officials from the Women Affairs ministry who travelled in a white Toyota Hiace Bus.

Formerly based in the UK, Ikiddeh, it was learnt, runs a non-governmental organisation that is fronting for the government of Akwa Ibom to take over the upkeep of children currently being catered for by the other NGOs that the Governor threatened to deal with for bringing the child witch syndrome to international limelight and “embarrassing” the government. Ikkideh also runs a media racket that Mr. Akpabio uses to spread propaganda.

Mr. Bassey Antia, an official of CRARN told the government’s team that the NGO was relieved by the offer of government to take over the upkeep of the children but wondered why the officials were in a hurry to execute the plan.

“It is impromptu for them to serve us a letter written today and forcefully take away the children under our custody without any form of documentation. That is our only concern, we do not want to appear to be resisting the efforts of government, that is why we complied,” he said.

Members of the community who reacted to the development condemned the forceful invasion of the home by the officials of Akwa Ibom government.
“It appears there is a desperate intention to crush these NGOs that have been keeping these children who were rejected and abandoned by the government. It is the height of lawlessness in a democratic dispensation,” one of them told SaharaReporters.

“These children roamed the streets for years without support, said Effiong, a neighbor of CRARN.  “Where was Mrs Eunice Thomas when they were on the streets? he asked.

Continuing, he said, “She is desperate to save and to renew her job as commissioner. The Commissioner has demonstrated gross incompetence in her duty and now wants to use these children to retain her office in the new cabinet, this should not be so.”
 

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I will love to contact the orphanage home in akwa ibom for collaborations

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I have been so beiwdlered in the past but now it all makes sense!

Shame on 'Stupid Reporters'

You stupid reporters or whatever you call yourself, it is high time you leave Akwa Ibom State alone or face the wrath of God. I know, since you don't want to loose the dirty money you get for doing dirty job for your masters, you always report nonsense without verifying. You all are enemies of progress. shame on you.

Stop the guinea pig trials

It is very bad and unfortunate if our children could be used as guinea pigs. If the government is having the interest of the people and especially the children at heart, the most appropriate thing to do is to equip the Eket orphanage to meet the standard.
On the use of the children for political gains-this is very devilish and wrong maneuvering for power.
Akwa Ibom people needs a good sense of belonging.

Government is taller than us

in a situation like this govt knows more than individual thought, let govt investigate and do the right.

Give government a chance

right from the holy bible,it was guided by law ,a place without law could not be governable,i personally appreciate the effort of the initiator of d orphange home for not allowing d future of those children to be blink,at d same time,Government may as well have a better intention for the kids,d action was not done in d night,d letter was duly signed,and were using govt vehicle,and video as well,so d intention may not be evil at all,this are our children,lets giv them the chance,govt hav d capacity to send all of them to the university but individually may be difficult so plz i appeal to my people to give govt d chance,since govt from inception has frown about child labour in d state ,God bless akwa ibom state. and those who does good.

Mr Anonymous by the Nigerian

Mr Anonymous by the Nigerian constitution you are suppossed to be a northerner cos you were born there and you have stayed longer there. So do not bother to return to Akwa Ibom. Better still I advice you relocate to Borno State (and stay near Boko Haram leader). Must we believe all that Sharara Reporters write? AKSG may have better intentions....I guess its too early to draw hasty conclusions.

Nigeria Country of selves

Nigeria Country of selves

BlackWaters, I am with you in

BlackWaters, I am with you in the hope that Cyber Laws should be put in place in order to check some of these caustic write ups.

Re: Good Job Akpabio

There is always one sycophant or two because of their selfish interest and peanuts they collect from Gov Akpabio turn blind eye to the obvious. I can see that the Gov did some few things while he ascend the Governorship post but for crying out loud that was the reason for his mandate in the first place. Why is he getting sleepless nights for being critice is that not what democracy is all about. We have a constitutional system of Govt which makes it diffrent from Military rule by decree. If the Governor is so sure of his mandate why is he after his opposition and gaining power by all means possible. I cry for Nigeria and particularly our so called leaders. Your four years tenure is just by the corner and can assure you the evil you do, will forever live after you IJN.

what is going on in akwa-ibom

what is going on in akwa-ibom state am an indigiene but was born in the north is it not better i stay in the north than going back home

from the photos, the children

The Carers of CRARN are very humble and upright people. They dont have cars and houses.
All the children are in school and except few of them who undergo skill acquisition training.
More than forty of them are in secondary schools while the rest of them are in Primary and Nursery scholl in the centre and out of the centre.
Unfortunately there are children in a slum, more than 70 of them in Ikpa Esit Eket, about 20 of them in Udua Ukat, and more than 30 at Ibaka beach without care. Why is the chewing gum Commissioer Eunice Thomas not go and get them. Why interested in children who already have good care and not in those who are desperate in need of help?
Looking for new appointment, Eunice Thomas? Cotinue to open your nash for Akpabio to suck

WHERE R THEY TAKING THEM TO?

RITUAL IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE.

"Only Negative Thinkers go to Bed Hungry"

What is this that people will appear unknown and comment on a news making "negative statements"? Even up to an extent that he/she mentions a Governors name and claims to know that he is a bloodsucker and cultist.....Hmmm....i am happy a better off Government has taken power,soon the senate will approve Cyber Laws that the nation needs then appopriate bodies will intensively embark on a lethal crackdown....Remember " you can't fight the Government for the Government is you"

AKWA IBOM CHILDREN

I have A problems trying to understand the position of the Akwa Ibom State Government since the saga of the CRARN Children Center and the management under Mr Sam Ikpe Itauma came up in the media.
Where was the government of Akwa Ibom some 3 to 5 years ago when innocent and harmless children,beaten up, abandoned for death, some with badly broken and infected limbs and close to death - some had actually died -and brought to the center or taken to hospitals? Sadly, to the observation of well meaning people, these children were supposed to be witches and everyone but Sam looked the other way.
I am a non Akwa Ibom citizen who lived in Eket for over 8 years and was witness to the menace of the abandoned children in the streets of the Eket and Ibeno areas until they were picked up by Sam and rehabilitated at his village market and home under very pathetic and challenging conditions.
Sam is a hero and very far from being a villain. He needs help to help the abandoned children of Akwa Ibom.

from the photo, the children

from the photo, the children look well fed, but the question is what do they do, is it just eat, play and sleep? Are they inrolled in schools? or other trades, but from their age they should be in school.
Lets watch what the government has in stock for them before we criticize. a letter from the government shows very good intensions, from what the govt gets as allocation monthly it should be able to uplift these children from the slum we see on the photos.
Akwa-Ibom state is a very rich state, and no good leader should close his eyes at such situations. if Akpabio means good for these children God will surely reward him. What we get on earth after departure is what we have left behind any nothing more. What are we meant to leave behing the "good works"

That's good for the children.

That's good for the children. Congrats Akpabio!!

ENSURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE

I DO NOT CARE WHERE THE KIDS ARE TAKEN TO BUT ALL I HAVE TO WARN THE GOVERNMENT IS THAT SHOULD ANY OF THE KIDS DIE SOON, THE HANDWRITTEN OF THE CULTIST GOVERNMENT IS AT WORK. NO ONE HAS HEARD THAT ANY DIED WHILE IN THE PLACE THEY HAVE JUST BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM. THERE ARE ALLEGATIONS HOW KIDS ARE USED FOR RITUALS.
GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT FIND IT DIFFICULT ALSO TO ENSURE THAT THE KIDS ARE ENROLLED IN SCHOOLS AND PROPERLY TAKEN CARE OF INSTEAD OF THE WASTES LIKE THE N33BILLION AKPABIO GAVE TO HIS 'LOVER' BEN BRUCE AND CALLED IT FOR BUILDING OF ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE IN UYO.

children now in the hands of blood-sucker akpabio

Akpabio, you were supposed to have support them with cash and better accommodation including enrolling them in various child endeavors that also include training them to become happy & useful to themselves and the nation at large but because you are a gang member of Nigeria's abominable party-pdp, you may also consume these kids for you power rituals as usual. after-all you a kidnap kingpin in Akwa-Ibom and environs yet i do not know what jonathan sees in you except of course you are both same birds that flocks together in corruption like your mentor-obj, another Rapist-strauss khan of IMF .

Akwa Ibom Children

The interest of the children is most paramount and should be put above all personal gain or governmental PRO exercise.

Did the say abused?

If the kids are exposed to all form of harm and abuse............this are strong words, ................those kids are old enough to testify in court. If the commissioner thinks the are abuse then , the people  commiting his offense should be charged.

That is a strong allegation.

GOOD JOB AKPABIO

The governor made his plans for the orphans known to the world before he moved in. Pls dont go back on yr words Akpabio. The owners of these places are the same people who use the orphans to feed fat from money they collect from aid agencies around the globe.

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