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Family rejects daughter for refusing to sell her newborn baby

Miss Oluchukwu (24) was allegedly rejected by her family for refusing to sell her boy after taking her out of wedlock.

Oluchukwu, a native of Ebonyi State, whose family lives in Awka Etiti, in the local government of Idemili South, Anambra State, was initially advised to abort pregnancy, but she refused, insisting that her pregnancy be maintained.

However, she was chosen by an NGO, Safenest, after running away from her family to Awka, the state capital of Anambra.

Safenest Executive Director, Ms. Oluchukwu Ckukwuenyem, who spoke at a seminar organized by the group, said that during the delivery of Oluchukwu, she contacted her family to tell them the good news, but had rather been advised to sell the baby for its maintenance but the Oluchukwu was advice to make sure she do not go back to her family with the newborn.

“We were so amazed when we learnt of this, and we have taken it upon ourselves to take care of her and the baby. She is currently in a location we put her. We do not want to release her exact location, but I can tell you she is doing well.

“How much will she sell the baby that can assuage her sufferings for nine months?” Oluchukwu said.

She revealed that within a year of the operations of her NGO, she has discovered that most families were threatened by very flimsy excuses and had gone ahead to experience serious problems like division, divorce and even murder.

Oluchukwu admitted that abuse of substances like hard drug, alcohol and others were primarily behind the cause of violence in families.

She commended the Anambra State command of the national drug law enforcement agency, NDLEA for their proactiveness in tackling drug related issues in the state.

A guest lecturer to the event, traditional ruler of Ifitedunu community in Anambra State, His Royal Highness, Dr Emeka Ilouno, a renowned medical doctor and Chief Medical director of Madonna Hospitals took guests on a lecture on Cervical, Breast and prostate cancers.

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