Lagos provides shelter for rescued teenage cultists
The Lagos State government on Monday took custody of two minors rescued by the state’s task force during one of its routine surveillance tour over the weekend at Oshodi. The two teenagers, Taoreed Olagoke, 13, and Muri Amidu, 15, from Oyo State were handed over to the Ministry of Youth and Social Development in Alausa, by the chairman of the task force, Mr. Yinka Egbeyemi.
Receiving the children, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, promised that the state government would ensure that befitting shelter is provided for the children in one of the state owned rehabilitation and correctional centres, where they would undergo mentoring and monitoring by professional social workers.
According to Egbeyemi, preliminary interrogation about the background of the children revealed that the boys were victims of parental misdemeanors who managed to find their ways to Lagos without a specific place to reside and had since the past four years been wandering about in Oshodi and Mushin.
“I did a short video, which went viral on Whatsapp, though unprofessional, but I was touched with what I saw and I wanted the attention of parents to be drawn to this fact so that they can continue to pay cursory attention to their children. There are many children who are carrying the marks of one cult group or the other ignorantly.”
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