Police in Anambra State have rescued five newborn babies and three other children in a house suspected to be used as a baby factory, opposite Nnamdi Azikiwe Orthopedic Teaching Hospital Oba, in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.
Tribune Online learnt that the place was raided following credible information that teenage girls were being impregnated and the babies sold out by human traffickers.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Haruna Mohammed, said the suspects; Edna Nnadi, ‘f’, aged 37 years, Ujunwa Nweke, ‘f’, aged 25 years, Izuchukwu Uba, ‘f’, aged 24 years, Chinaza Ibeh, ‘f’, aged 19 years, Peace Okon Effiong, ‘f’, aged 25 years, Gift Collins, ‘f’, aged 20 years, Chimkaso Kingsley, ‘f’, aged 25 years, Happiness Monday, ‘f’, aged 18 years, Chioma Okonkwo, ‘f’, aged 25 years and Uchechukwu Nwankwo, ‘f’, aged 18 years were arrested on the 26/1/2021 at about 7 am following an intelligence report.
Mohammed said following the report, police operatives attached to the SIB and Area Command, Oraifite, coordinated by the Area Commander, ACP Afolabi Wilfred, raided the house of one Melvina Uju Uba, ‘f’, located opposite Nnamdi Azikiwe Orthopedic Teaching Hospital Oba in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State, and arrested the suspects including five heavily pregnant women.
He said during the operation five newborn babies and three other children were rescued as well.
Meanwhile, the rescued children will be handed over to the State Ministry of Social Welfare, Children’s and Women’s Affairs for proper care, while effort is being intensified to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice.