The Imo State Police Command has busted a child-trafficking and baby factory syndicate in the state.
State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, made this known to newsmen Thursday evening, at the State Police Headquarters, Owerri, saying the Command has clamped down on illegal motherless babies’ homes, as well as rescued 17 pregnant teenagers.
Katsina said one of the illegal homes, Ahamefula Motherless Babies Home, located in Umuaka, Njaba local council area, is allegedly owned by a middle aged woman simply identified as “Madam One Thousand”.
He also said that during the police raid, no fewer than 11 minors, who were possibly waiting to be sold to prospective buyers, were rescued by the Command.
A 23-year old boy, simply identified as Oyibo, who was said to be responsible for impregnating the expectant girls, whose ages ranged between 14 and 17, was also arrested and paraded alongside the victims. He was alleged to have confessed to being responsible for all the pregnancies in the home.
Apart from being in varying stages of pregnancy, the girls who equally looked malnourished and not properly catered for wept uncontrollably as they
The unkempt and obviously malnourished teenagers wept profusely as they were paraded by the police in Owerri.
The Police Commissioner explained that the illegal babies home was successfully raided by the “Ambush Squad” after a credible tip-off.
“The prime suspect is now at large. She was was producing pure water sachets as a decoy to deceive unsuspecting members of the public about what was really going on in the premises,” the Commissioner of Police said.
“When the police invaded the tightly secured compound, 17 minors were seen holed up in different rooms in the large compound with some of their children playing around.”
Among those paraded was also the home’s 55-year old security man, Mr. Uzoamaka Okoli, from Nempi, Oru West local government area of the state, who was employed by the fleeing owner of the babies’ home.