- Pix(above): The 10 pregnant ladies
A 17-year-old boy behind baby factory boom in Rivers State has been nabbed after impregnating 10 ladies.
The ‘sharp shooter’ as he is foldly called, Noble Uzuchi, was nabbed with his accomplice, Chigozie Ogbonna, 29.
Rivers Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Supol Grace Iringe-Koko, said the arrests became possible following a tip-off, adding that they, in collaboration with two other ladies, Favour Bright and Peace Alikoi, were allegedly confirmed to be running a baby factory.
Stressing this in a statement in Port Harcourt, Iringe-Koko said the four suspects operated in the Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas of the state before meeting their waterloo.
She stressed that the 10 pregnant ladies, some whom are also nursing mothers, had been rescued by the Force operatives after the raid and arrest of the suspects.
“On Saturday, January 7, 2023, at about 1645hours (4:45pm), while acting on credible intelligence available to the Rivers State Police Command, C4I Intelligence Unit, operatives raided two houses at Igwuruta and Omagwa communities, respectively, where victims of child trafficking were being kept.
“The victims rescued in the operation are 10, most of them visibly pregnant,” she said.
According to her, investigations have shown that when a victim delivered her baby, the syndicate leader kept the baby and paid N500,000 while some of the babies previously delivered in the houses had already been sold.
“All the victims confessed that they were lured to the illicit sales of children because of the need to meet some financial challenges. A white Honda Pilot Jeep was recovered from the syndicate leader,” the PPRO further volunteered./SHARE THIS