Three pregnant women and a 36-year-old man (pictured above) suspected to
be involved in producing babies for sale were paraded by the Rivers State Police Command yesterday July 8th, Punch
The suspects, who were arrested in Igwuruta, Rivers state on July 5th,
were identified as Odinchinma Nwala (25), Glory Anyanwu (22), Goodness
Nwankwo (19), and Stanley Okechukwu (male, 36).
The DPO of Igwuruta
Police Station, Mr. Bello Muhammed, who spoke with newsmen, explained
how the suspects were arrested, saying they were alerted by well meaning
“We sent a patrol team that went and
confirmed the information. When the police traced and arrested
Okechukwu, who took the team to where he kept the girls on Saturday,
July 5, 2014, it was discovered that the suspects had been involved in
the business for a long time.” Continue…
“The girls were brought from different
local government areas, and further investigation revealed that after
delivering, he will settle (pay) the girls N100,000 per baby girl and
N150,000 for a baby boy before selling the babies,” the DPO said.
Mohammed said that investigation was
ongoing to get to the root of the matter, adding that child trafficking
remains an offence in the country.
However, Okechukwu, who spoke with
newsmen, denied operating a baby factory. He said that he was only
rendering assistance to the young pregnant women.
Also, one of the pregnant women, who
identified herself as Glory Anyanwu, said she was eight months pregnant,
even as she denied that they were being kept for a baby producing
“He (Okechukwu) saw me in this condition
and decided to assist me by offering me and my unborn baby
accommodation. But I know the person that impregnated me,” Anyanwu said.
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