The Lagos State Government, on Monday, raided an illegal orphanage home called; Pro Labore Der (labour for God) at Agemowo village, Badagry, and rescued 24 children.
Officials of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development said the raid was propelled by the distress call made to the ministry detailing the activities of the home.
The officials said after the distress call, the existence of the illegal home came to the notice of the research department of the ministry which swung into action.
Reports said the operator of the illegal orphanage home fled on sighting the state government’s team.
The officials rescued children including a four-month-old baby and a pregnant 17-year-old girl from the house.
Speaking on the raid, Agboola Dabiri, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development said the state government would not go back on its words to make all illegal homes non-existent.
The commissioner said the home had been shut down and that 20 of the rescued children were being rehabilitated in government homes across the state.
Dabiri further stated that three of the children who were identified as physically challenged with Down syndrome had been admitted to a hospital for medical attention.
He said another child, who was ill had also been admitted to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.