The Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development has rehabilitated a 44-year-old woman simply identified as Esther and her three children found begging near the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) at Ikeja.
Esther was said to have been abandoned by relatives and friends, following an illness which left her with a protruding stomach. She took to begging for survival.
The woman and her children have been moved to the Lagos State Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre in Majidun, Ikorodu.
It was t gathered that the woman is from Ijaw in Delta State, and stays around Agbado Railway Crossing in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The leader of the rescue team, Mr Kessington Fatai, said the operation was in line with the campaign against street begging.
It was learnt that the ministry has since contacted Esther’s family. A meeting will be held this week on how to reunite them.
The ministry’s Director of Rehabilitation Centres, Mr Joseph Olufemi Olatoye said: “We have contacted her family members, and the Commissioner, Princess Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, would have a meeting with them this week.
“The three children are supposed to be in school, but they would instead sit with their mother to beg for alms from passersby. Meanwhile, the Child Protection Unit of the ministry has placed the children according to their ages in the Children Centre at Majidun, Ikorodu,” Fatai said.