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Another Baby Factory Discovered In Abia State… Police Arrest Nine Pregnant Women

Another Baby Factory Discovered In Abia State… Police Arrest Nine Pregnant Women

Nine pregnant women have been arrested by policemen carrying out raids in Abia State for their involvement in a baby factory.

Punch reports that the women were arrested by operatives of the Anti-Kidnap Unit of the Rivers State Police Command during their raid of a suspected baby factory in Umuikpe in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State.

The pregnant women who were between the ages of 21 and 25 years, were members of a baby-making syndicate. They were paraded in Port Harcourt on Monday.

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According to the State Police Public Relations Officer,  Ahmad Muhammad,  the arrest of the pregnant women followed the abduction of a 4-year-old boy, Friday Alioma; and a pregnant woman, Happiness Samuel; in Ogbogoro, Obio/Akpor LGA on May 15 and 16, 2016 respectively.

Ahmad said: ”Through discreet investigation, one Nkechi Oguama, a native of Ugiri in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, was arrested with Ngozi Ogbonna, Blessing Izimanze and Favour Ogbonma in connection with the abduction.

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”They denied kidnapping four-year-old Friday Alioma. But, they confessed to have known about the kidnap of Happiness Samuel. Five more pregnant women, who were suspected members of the syndicate, were also apprehended through information given to the police by the first group of suspects.

”The five suspects are Ijeoma Ofor, Chioma Nkeze, Peace Sunday Matthew, Joy Chisom, Chinyere Monday and the security man, John Ndukwe. One of the suspects, Ngozi Ogbonna, led a team of Anti-Kidnap Unit to the Rehabilitation Centre, where the other suspects were arrested.

”On interrogation, all the girls admitted that they went there to deliver and sell the children. We are still on the trail of the director,” he added.

Furthermore, he revealed that the operator of the baby factory, Mrs. Ama (surname unknown) was currently on the run, adding that the police were currently on her trail.
Ahmad also stated that the suspects would soon be charged to court, even as he warned those involved in selling babies to fake charity home operators to desist from the act.
However, one of the pregnant women, Ngozi Ogbonna, disclosed that she sold her first baby in 2015 to the operator of the baby factory for N100,000 shortly after delivery.
”I am into ‘runs’ (prostitution) before I got pregnant and an agent of the woman (baby factory operator) advised me to go to the charity home. The woman was taking care of me and other pregnant women.
”My first baby was a girl and I gave her to the woman and collected N100,000 from her,” Ogbonna said in passable English.
Also, the security man arrested alongside the pregnant women told newsmen that he was not aware that the business the woman was doing was illegal, maintaining that he was only concerned with receiving his N20,000 monthly salary.
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