Pastor Onoyngu Chibuike was arrested after taking one of the orphans to a hospital where the story of his illegal orphanage was uncovered.
Chibuike, who was found with twelve children, was accused of not registering the orphanage with the government.
The discovery was made when one of the children was ill and had to be taken to the hospital.
Members of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development reportedly raided the orphanage and rescued the children.
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The pastor who claimed to have registered the institution at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), said he received a message from God to start the orphanage.
“I am from Anambra State. I am called by God to render this service to humanity by helping the less privileged, such as widows, motherless children and homeless people.
“I provide adequate care for these children till their parents can take over their care. For those that were abandoned, I train them even up to university level.
“The children were acquired through different means. Some of them were brought to me by the police, some were brought by their biological mothers; in some instances, they claimed they had the children out of wedlock and they cannot attend to the needs of the children or shoulder their responsibilities.
“Based on this, the person will put down his or her name and we will accept the child in order to assist the child.
“Our affection is on children because we know that if we reject any child, chances are that the children are exposed to the wrong sides of life and might die in the process."
Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development mentioned that the pastor will be punished for the crime.