The Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, through the Social Welfare Department of the ministry on Thursday, 4th February 2021, rescued a mentally challenged nursing mother and her infant baby who have been living in a gangway under Niger Bridge, Onitsha.
According to reports, the rescue of the mentally challenged nursing mother and her baby was effected following a call to the Honourable Commissioner by an Asaba resident who plies the bridge to work at Nigeria Bottling Company, Onitsha.
On receiving the call for help, Lady Mezue deployed a team of social workers whom after days of planning and visits to the dangerous abode of the mentally challenged nursing mother, successfully rescued her and her son.
During interrogation which was personally conducted by Lady Ndidi Mezue at her office, the mentally challenged mother gave her name as Ngozi, an indigene of Abia state, and a former resident of Onitsha Army Barracks.
Speaking soon after the rescue, Lady Mezue, said “I am relieved that this difficult rescue operation was carried out successfully by my team. We equally recovered a large amount of money from her.
I am glad that mother and child are being taken care of in a government facility until the girl’s family comes forward to identify her” she concluded.