How baby factory business thrives in southeast Nigeria

An alleged baby factory owned and managed by Mr. Orikara, a medical doctor located at the Nicholas Street, Aba in Abia state has been found and raided by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The operatives also, arrested a lab scientist, Mr. Onyemachi John, who is alleged to be operating baby factory in Double Research Clinic and Laboratory at Iheoji Mgboko, Obingwa local government area in the same Aba.

At the arrest, he was alleged to have confessed selling the babies to clients looking to adopt them; however, an investigation by the security agents revealed the babies were sold to customers and their whereabouts cannot be traced.

Chioma a 15-year-old girl rescued by security agents narrated how she was operated for the baby in her womb to be removed while she was paid N15, 000 for her baby.

An investigation by the security agents revealed that the teenagers are paid the sum of N10, 000 and N15, 000 respectively for their baby while the owners of the baby factories sell the babies at N300, 000 and N400, 000 depending on the gender of the baby.

It has been reported that some of the teenagers die during the process of delivery for lack of adequate medical attention. Chioma, one of the owners of the baby factories confessed to the security agent during interrogation that over a while, she had sold over 18 babies.

Mrs. Comfort Osu Abu was arrested by the Abia State Police Command for operating baby factory at Umuabuwa village, Osisioma Local Government Area.

Before the arrest, she has used her home under the disguise of NGO and recruited teenagers who put to bed while she sold the babies to her customers.

At Umukpeyi village in the Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area, the Abia state police command raided baby factory and rescued 14 pregnant teenagers. Mr. Udeviotu Onyeke, the state police public relations officer revealed the operation.

Investigation shows the baby factory belonged to Madam Nma a child trafficking syndicate leader in the state Mr. Onyeke said.

In Enugu state, the police command raided a baby factory and rescued 9 pregnant teenagers. Mr. Onyeke the police spokesperson confirmed. Soldiers from the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Army discovered and raided a baby factory at the Gariki community in Enugu and rescued 10 pregnant women.

Enugu State Police Command raided and arrested Mr. Ikechukwu Onoh who operates a baby factory located at Etiti Amankwo Ngwo, 9th mile, Udi Local Government Area and rescued 9 pregnant teenagers.

Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, the police spokesman who confirmed the operation said the teenagers rescued were Stella James, 19 years from Ohaozara Ebonyi State, Eze Jennifer, 19 years from Obukpa Nsukka local Government, Enugu state, Ugwu Christabel, 17 years from Aku Igboetiti local Government Enugu state, Happiness Mbaonu, 17 years of Nnewi Anambra state, Ovunna Ifeoma, 20 years from Ezza Ebonyi State.

Also in Akwa Ibom state, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) discovered and raided a baby factory at the Ikot Akpan-Abia, in the outskirts of Uyo and arrested 18 persons in connection to the baby factory operation. Mr. Pedro Idaba, the state commandant of NSCDC, confirmed and said, an investigation revealed that the baby factory operates as a medical clinic where teenagers are kept and young men get them pregnant and their babies sold. Some of the victims made a confessional statement at the time of the raid and arrest.

In Ogun state, a baby factory located at number 9 Sebanjo Crescent, off Fabolude Bus stop, Akute community, Ifo Local Government was discovered by the state police command and 8 pregnant women rescued.

In Anambra State, the State Police Command discovered and raided a baby factory, at a  building located close to Atani Police Station, Atani and rescued 13 pregnant girls and 5 men whose duty it to pregnant the women.

Lagos Island Maternity Hospital has been alleged to be the largest baby factory in Nigeria, it is alleged that over 300 babies given birth to in the hospital are sold out. However, at the time of this report, West Africa Reporters (WAR) could not verify the true state of the alleged baby factory in the hospital.

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