Owerri — Operatives of the police, Imo State command, have arrested two persons alleged to be part of a syndicate operating a baby factory in Aba, Abia State.
They were among 63 suspects paraded by the State Police Commissioner, Rabiu Ladodo, at the police headquarters yesterday.
Ladodo said the arrest was based on a tip off that one Blessing Sunday, 30, a stewardess at Mma Charity Home at Umumkpee village in Isiala Ngwa South LGA of Abia State had allegedly lured one Onuwa Grace Nwachukwu, a pregnant mother of twins to Aba, Abia State.
He added that a caesarian section was carried out on her and the newly delivered babies were allegedly stolen and sold by the owner of the centre, Mrs. Mma Achumba of Umumkpee, while the said Blessing Sunday hurriedly returned her victim to their village in Okwe-Owerre Umueze II of Ehime Mbano LGA, while she was bleeding.
He said that angered the youths of the community who descended on Blessing, and were about to set her and her family house ablaze but for a team of police officers that arrived the scene He added that the police then rushed the victim to the Police Clinic, Owerri, where she was admitted for treatment.
It was gathered that after her discharge from the clinic, the victim led police operatives in search of the baby and the owner of the centre where 14 pregnant young women and four children were reportedly rescued.
The CP said the four suspects are from Ngor-Okpala LGA of Imo State, two from Mbiabong in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State while the rest are from Obingwa/Isiala Ngwa and Bende LGAs of Abia State.
He said the victims were kept at the centre waiting for the time they would deliver their babies and the owner of the home would pay them money ranging between N300,000 to N350,000 depending on the sex of the baby after selling them off.
He said the director of the centre, Mrs. Mma Achumba and her staff are still at large and effort is on to track and arrest the syndicate.