Vanguard (Lagos)

16 August 2014

Nigeria: General Overseer's Wife in Baby Factory Scandal, Flees to U.S.

Policemen attached to the Special Fraud Unit, Milverton, Ikoyi and those of the Rivers State Police Command, are currently on the trail of a fleeing wife of the General Overseer of a popular Pentecostal Church (name withheld) in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, alleged to be operating the biggest baby factory in the southern part of the country.

The suspect identified as Emeka Precious Chinyere, was alleged to have sold babies to desperate women between N 2.5 million and N6million. Her beneficiaries, we gathered, come from all parts of the world.

Her modus oparandi as gathered, included giving desperate women concoction which would make their stomachs to start protruding, until the day of delivery. However, the delivery process is said to shrouded in mystery which the Police is trying to unravel.

It was gathered that most of the beneficiaries were women who had waited for years without bearing children. The amount paid for each pregnancy as gathered, varied according to the age of the individual and the period of waiting.

This illicit business has reportedly been going at God' s Gift Clinic and Maternity home located at number 16 School Road , Elelenmo area of Port Harcourt , Rivers State, for years until the bubble burst, following a petition to the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Special Fraud Unit, by the United States of America Consulate, to investigate an America based- Nigerian woman who applied for American passport for her little baby. The US-based Nigerian identified as Christiana Ogeyi Omagu, with Nigerian passport number AO49173747 and US passport 458926040 , according to the US Consulate, appeared at the consulate in pursuance of a US passport for a male child she claimed to have delivered at God' s Gift Clinic and Maternity , Port Harcourt , Rivers State.

However, when a DNA paternity and maternity test was conducted, the result according to the embassy, indicated that the applicant and her husband, Donald Omagu , were not the biological parents of the baby.

In spite of the result, the embassy said Mrs Omagu insisted that a certain doctor she identified as Chinyere Precious, took her delivery at God' s Gift Clinic and Maternity in Rivers State, hence, the petition to ascertain her claim.

During preliminary investigation, the Police Special Fraud Unit reportedly discovered that several embassies had petitioned them over similar cases, with the mention of the General Overseer's wife as the doctor that delivered them of their 'miracle babies'

It would be recalled that a similar instance was that of one Esther Soyebo, who , two years ago, was arrested following a petition from the US embassy over same reason. During interrogation, the woman told journalists that she was introduced to Pastor Chinyere by a friend in the USA who claimed to have had her three children miraculously from her. The suspect also stated that she paid N2.5 million for the prepared concoction she took , after which her stomach began to bulge . But efforts by operatives to locate the maternity home were futile as the woman claimed not to know the exact location of the centre. She claimed that she was taken there at night and that she left very early the next morning.

But a combined team of operatives from the Unit and those of the Rivers state Police command stormed the maternity home recently where a near gun battle was reportedly averted, following resistance from armed policemen from the Special Protecting Unit , who blocked access to her.

I have never witness any child delivery- Nurse

However, a nurse identified as Peace Effiong and a supposed expectant mother were arrested at the maternity home in Rivers state and brought to SFU, Lagos.

In her statement to the Police, the arrested nurse revealed that no child had ever been delivered in the maternity since she was employed.

According to her: " I was employed just six months ago and I have never witnessed any child birth there. Anytime a pregnant women is due for delivery, she is usually taken to Dr Chinyere's home at Harvest Assembly Avenue, Stallion Road, Elelenwo. That is all I can say "

I paid N2.5 million for pregnancy and delivery

On the part of the America- based Nigerian suspect, she disclosed in her statement that she paid N 2.5 million to the fleeing doctor before she got pregnant..

She explained that she came to Nigeria in February last year , after she was introduced to Dr Chinyere. " One month later, the doctor said I was pregnant and I went back to my base in the USA , with the hope of delivering the baby in one of the hospitals over there. But several medical tests carried out in the United States indicated that I was not pregnant and I began to doubt. Dr Chinyere who visited America at that time, assured I was pregnant and advised me to come down to Nigeria to deliver the baby . By February this year, she called and informed me to come down to Nigeria , that I was due. I was delivered of a baby boy on February 16, 2014, at the maternity home"

But the result of the DNA test by the embassy showed that neither she nor her husband were biological parents of the supposed baby. Asked if the delivery was a normal one or through caesarian , the suspect kept mute.

Another paid 2.9million

Another pregnant woman , Victoria Acholonu , who was arrested at the maternity home, told operatives that " I paid N2.9 for the pregnancy. Dr. Chinyere called me on the phone to inform that my delivery was due . That was why I came to her hospital , only to be arrested. Again, when a text was conducted to ascertain her true state, the result showed that she was not pregnant, even with the evident bulging stomach.

Sounding frustrated, Acholonu disclosed that she was not the only one that had fallen a victim. " I know some people who said they paid more that N2.5million. Some claimed to have even paid

N6 m , depending on their condition.

Information at the operatives disposal indicated that the wife of the general overseer had fled to the United States of America.

Police sources hinted that several attempts to arrest her proved abortive as some eminent Nigerians in key positions always intervened. Police sources said : " the woman is very powerful , that is why she has managed to beat police arrest. She has been very evasive to the police at PSFU despite the numerous evidences against her. She was once arrested by the Police at Elelenwo divisional police station , after one of her victims' husband became suspicious and invited the police , who invaded her home at the point of delivery but she escaped justice after an unidentified ' powerful man from ' above intervened "

However the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State , Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin has assured his command would ensure the suspect is arrested. As first step, he said the command would ascertain id the woman was a medical doctor.

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