Six officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on WednesdayÂ raided the premises of the Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) andÂ arrested the Centreâ€™s administrator.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the children at the centre numberingÂ more than 250 resisted the EFCC officials and blocked the entrance with their schoolÂ desks and blocks to prevent their administrator from being taken away.
The officials, however, bowed to the pressure in order to avoid conflict with theÂ children and released the CRARN administrator, who they had already taken into theirÂ bus.
Mr Bassey Nkang, the administrator of the centre, told NAN that the officials whoÂ came in a white bus with Abuja registration number identified themselves asÂ officials of EFCC from Lagos.
He said the EFCC officials were at the centre to effect the arrest of its ChiefÂ Executive Officer (CEO).
â€œI told them that we have no such title and that the President of CRARN, Mr SamÂ Itauma, was out of town for medical treatment, after the children blockedÂ everywhere, they later called the Secretary of the centre.
â€œThey claimed that they received a petition against the centre and requested for theÂ key officials of CRARN to appear in their Lagos Office to assist the EFCC in itsÂ investigations into the allegation,â€ Nkang said.
Akwa Ibom government had on September 9, ordered the arrest of the officials of theÂ Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) centre for abandoned children inÂ Eket.
The state Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, who gave the order in a radio phone-inÂ programme while reacting to a news report by Cable News Network (CNN), accused theÂ NGO of exaggerating the child witch syndrome in the state for monetary gains.