Six pregnant young girls were on Tuesday arrested in a home where they were allegedly being prepared to deliver their babies for sale, by the Enugu State Police Command.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement that the girls were arrested at No. 7, Anyansi Lane, Ogui in Enugu.
He alleged that the girls, aged between 16 years and 17 years, had negotiated with people who would buy their babies after delivery.
Amaraizu confirmed the arrest of three other persons in connection with the incident, saying that investigations are in top gear on the incident.
The police spokesman said the girls were smuggled out of their guardians’ homes.
In a related development, four persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing a 12-day old male child from the mother after delivery in an unnamed maternity home on Ebony Paint road, Awkunanaw, Enugu.
Amaraizu said the arrest of a couple led to the arrest of two others allegedly involved in the incident.
He said the police had recovered the stolen child, who is in good health, while the suspects were helping the police in its investigations. [NAN]