Ogun State Govern-ment,yesterday, said that it had begun an investigation of the alleged rape of two minors by the proprietor of the Light of Hope Orphanage Home in Akute, Ifo Local Government area of Ogun State simply identified as pastor Atude.
This was disclosed by the State commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi.
According to Sonubi, the government will not fold its arms and watch some elements under whatever guise bastardise its programmes on care for children in the State.
”Shortly after the allegation was brought to the knowledge of the Ministry, we immediately swung into action by directing the Child Protection Network Committee, which has responsibility to handle such matters to commence full investigations.
”No stone would be left unturned to get to the root of the matter and if he is found guilty, the proprietor would be sanctioned accordingly.
“The Ministry has commenced full scale investigations into the matter and if found guilty, we will take immediate and necessary actions against the proprietor.
”We also plan to visit the orphanage to interview children in the Home and if need be, relocate them. We shall get to the root of the matter.”
There were guidelines given by the Ministry which prospective proprietors of Children Home are expected to follow to ensure that the children were properly taken care of and protected at all times.
”I enjoined the public to feel free and report any case of misdemeanor to the Ministry, and I assured you that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led adminis-tration remained committed to the welfare of all and sundry in the State.”