Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Delta State Government has denied reports that it deported Anambra woman who was allegedly begging for alms in Asaba, the state capital.
Ikengaonline reports that the woman, identified as Ogochukwu Nwabude, who was said to have roamed the Delta state capital for about two weeks with a baby at Inter Bau Roundabout in the state was arrested and deported to Anambra State.
In a statement signed by Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, the chief press secretary to the governor, and made available to newsmen on Monday, the Delta State Government said the woman was not deported but handed over to the ministry of women affairs and social development in Anambra for intervention.
It read: “Reports claiming that a woman from Anambra State was deported by the Delta State Government for begging and causing a nuisance in Asaba have been refuted,” the statement reads.
“The 32-year-old Ogochukwu Nwabude, who was accompanied by a baby, had been begging for alms at Inter Bau Roundabout in the capital city for about two weeks.
“Officials from the ministry of women affairs and social development observed her for a period and conducted a check which revealed that she was stable and of sound mind but required financial assistance.
“The ministry offered her some help and then returned her, as per standard procedure in such matters, to the ministry of women affairs and social development in Anambra for further support.”