The Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development, Enugu State yesterday had difficult times in hand-ing over two babies whose mothers were released from prison after serv-ing jail sentences over illicit transac-tions bothering on child trafficking
The mothers (names withheld) want the state government to conduct a DNA test to decide who among them is the exact biological mother of ei-ther of the babies. But the Ministry under whose custody the two babies were kept in the past 18 months while their mothers were in prison rejected their pleas upon which they were not allowed to go with the babies.
The Commissioner for Gender Affairs and social Development, Hon Princess Peace Nnaji, said the babies were placed under government care and stringent efforts were made to reconcile the babies with their mothers since their birth.
Uchenna Nworie, a relative to one of the girls requested the Ministry to run a DNA test before handing over the babies to their mothers as it will be difficult to iden-tify them since the babies have been under the cus-tody of the Ministry for 18 months.