Nigeria: Police Rescue 19 Pregnant Girls, Four Children From Lagos 'Baby Factories'

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30 September 2019

The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said it rescued 19 pregnant girls and four kids suspected to have been abducted by persons engaged in child trafficking.

The Command, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Bala Elkana, said that it also arrested two female suspects, Happiness Ukwuoma, 40, and Sherifat Ipeya, 54, in connection with the incident.

Mr Elkana said the command had launched a manhunt for the principal suspect and mother of five known as Madam Oluchi said to be a native of Mbano in Imo.

He said: "Detectives from the Isheri-Osun Police Station rescued 19 pregnant girls and four children from four different locations in Ikotun area of Lagos State suspected to be used for child trafficking.

"The victims were mostly abducted by the suspects from different states and brought to Lagos and turned them into baby factories by getting them pregnant only to sell off the babies to potential buyers," he said.

He said that the pregnant girls, who were between the ages of 15 and 28, were allegedly trafficked from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Abia and Imo States to Lagos State.

He said the suspects who were natives of Imo and Epe in Lagos State did not have any formal medical training but were allegedly operating as nurses.

"The girls were tricked and recruited from different areas and brought to work as domestic staff while the babies they gave birth to are usually sold for between N300,000 and N500,000 depending on their sexes.

"Boys usually are sold for N500,000 each and girls are sold for N300,000 each," he said.

Mr Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu, had visited the locations and ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case.

"The command is working with other agencies and stakeholders in rehabilitating and resettling the pregnant girls and the babies, while investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court," Mr Elkana said. (NAN)

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