- As police uncover another baby factory in Lagos•
- BY EMMANUEL EDOM in Lagos•
Another Suspected Baby Factory has been uncovered by Police Operatives of the Lagos State Command.
The said factories located in Ikotun/ Isheri – Oshun areas of the state, were said to have been discovered following credible information received by the Police Authority in the area.
Police Operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Chike Ibe, were said to have stormed a building at 14 Adisa Street, Ayanwale Area, Ikotun, Lagos, suspected to be used for child trafficking.
At the various locations four kids and 19 pregnant girls aged between 15 and 28 years were rescued.
They were said to have been recovered from four different locations, identified as No 32 Owosho Street, Governor Road, Ikotun; No 29 Olugbeyohun Street, Olukunle Bus Stop Abaranja; No 4/6 Anomo Street.
The pregnant women were allegedly brought from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Abia and Imo States.
Two suspects, namely , 40 years old Happiness Ukwuoma and 54 years old Sherifat Ipeya were arrested in connection with the case.
Police said that the suspects who hail from Imo state and Epe in lagos, did not receive formal medical training but operate as nurses.
The Commands Spokes person, DSP Bala Elkanah, stated in a press statement that the Police has launched a manhunt for the principal suspect, a mother of five, named Madam Oluchi , said to be an indigenes of Mbano in Imo State.
The young women were alleged to be abducted by the suspects, for the purpose of getting them pregnant and selling the Babies to potential buyers. The girls were allegedly tricked with employment as domestic staff in Lagos.
While the Babies are sold between N300,000 and N500,000 depending on the sex. Bala stated that male children are sold for N500,000 and females, for N300,000.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, who visited the scene, ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case.
According to Bala, Lagos Command is working with other agencies and stakeholders to rehabilitate and settle the girls and babies, adding that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.