Three children of Nigerien nationality, aged 8, 11 and 12 respectively, were taken into care by the Child Development Unit (CDU) of the Ministry of Gender Equality and admitted to the ward at the Dr A.G. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis. This was after their mother, a businesswoman, was arrested by a team from the Port’s Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU). She had arrived in Mauritius on April 06.
Following a request from a customs officer, the ADSU team went to the premises of a company in Rue Macadam, Baie du Tombeau. The Nigerian woman, who lives in Quatre Bornes, is 38 years old. She had come to pick up a parcel. She told the police that she had been in Mauritius since Thursday April 06 this year.
A raid was carried out at her home in Quatre Bornes, and her three children, including a girl and two boys, were found. The CDU was informed of the case and staff from this office came to the scene to take responsibility for the three children. They were taken to Dr Jeetoo Hospital and admitted to the ward.
The Nigerian woman was taken into custody at the Trou aux Biches police station. On Tuesday morning, September 28, she was brought before the Pamplemousses court. She is facing a provisional charge of ‘illegal stay’. Proceedings have been initiated to have her and her children repatriated to their country as soon as possible.