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Police uncover baby factory in Anambra

ONITSHA—Anambra State Police Command has
uncovered a baby factory where women with
unwanted pregnancies are harboured till delivery,
after which the babies are sold to interested
buyers, with or without their mothers’ consents.
Consequently, the suspected owner of the baby
factory has been arrested and detained by the
police for allegedly selling one of the new born
babies for N700,000, without the mother’s
consent.
A source said the suspect, who is from Imo State,
whose name was withheld by the police for
security reasons, was alleged to have opened a
maternity home at Odekpe in Ogbaru Local
Government Area of Anambra State where she
nurtured the babies after birth and then sell them
to prospective buyers.
The source hinted that the deal that landed her in
police custody started on August 27 when a baby
boy was born.
According to the source, the suspect had on
August 28, a day after the delivery, sent Adaku,
mother of the baby, to a nearby compound to
fetch a gallon of water to bath the baby, which
she obeyed.
Disappearing act
It was gathered that on returning from the
errand, she discovered that the suspect had
disappeared with her baby.
Vanguard gathered that several phone calls she
made to find out the whereabout of the suspect
were futile as her line was switched off.
The source stated that when the suspect
eventually showed up about a week later without
the baby and was confronted by Adaku, she
simply asked her to allow her to rest.
The suspect was later arrested by the police for
another offence. When she was released from
custody and was confronted again by Adaku, she
replied: “Can’t you see I am just returning from
police custody?”
Vanguard learnt that it was at this point that
Adaku contacted one of her cousins who lodged a
complaint at Police Area Command Headquarters,
Onitsha, and the suspect was arrested.
She confessed to the police that she had sold the
baby to someone at Obosi for N700,000, after
which she took the police to Obosi where the
baby boy was recovered.
The Police Area Commander for Onitsha,
Benjamin Wordu, an Assistant Commissioner of
Police who confirmed the arrest, said he had just
transferred the matter to the State Criminal
Investigations Department, CID, Awka, for further
investigations.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO,
Uche Ezeh, also confirmed the arrest to newsmen
in a telephone chat, adding that the suspect
would be charged to court after investigations.
He also disclosed that the baby boy had been
released to his mother.

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