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Following their rehabilitation, the Abia State government has confirmed that it has re-united 22 pregnant girls with their families. The girls were rescued in June from Nma Charity and Social Mothers Rehabilitation Centre, Umunkpeyi Nvosi, in Isiala Ngwa South Local Council of Abia.
The Eastern Updates recalls that following a tip-off, the girls were let free by Nigerian Army soldiers from the 14 Brigade at Ohafia while purportedly waiting to give birth to their children.
The females were transferred to Madonna College Medical Centre, Olokoro, close to Umuahia, the state capital, for medical attention, rehabilitation, and counselling after being rescued from the centre while in various stages of pregnancy.
Speaking at the weekend, while re-uniting with their families, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Ngozi Felix, said the exercise followed completion of necessary care.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the Director in charge of the ministry, Mrs. Onwuka Nnennaya, said the government considered it necessary to re-unite the girls with their families after rehabilitation. She also enjoined their families and communities to show them love, devoid of stigmatisation or discrimination.
Speaking on behalf of the girls, Blessing Otuonye, who lost her twins during rehabilitation, thanked the state government and management of the college for their care, promising to shun acts that led to her admission at the charity home.