NSCDC raids baby factory, rescues 19 women

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,
Abia State Command, on Monday raided a
baby factory, rescuing no fewer than 19
pregnant young women.
The home was said to be located at Umunkpeyi
in the Isiala Ngwa South Local Government
Area of the state.
Security operatives have continued to clamp
down on baby factories in the state especially
Aba where a popular hospital was recently
demolished by government for alleged
involvement in the illegal deal.
The Abia State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr.
Andy Dateer, while parading the rescued girls
and some of the workers in the baby factory,
said the arrest was made possible following a
tip-off.
Apart from the 19 pregnant inmates, NSCDC
said three babies, aged two, were also rescued
along with four social workers and four young
men who were arrested at the premises.
According to him, the operators of the home
keep young women with unwanted pregnancy
in the premises and sell off their babies as
soon as they are delivered of them.
He added that the owner of the baby factory,
who was still at large, also arranged with some
men “who impregnate the girls and sold the
babies after delivery, while they were given
peanuts.”
Dateer said he decided to parade the rescued
girls and the suspects, “to tell the people of
Abia state that such people exist in the state
and since the state is God’s own state, such
operations are not supposed to work here.”
The NSCDC boss said he had hinted the police,
women affairs ministry, the wife of the state
governor and the governor about the
development.
He added, “One of the pregnant women has
been rushed to the hospital following her
critical health condition. The command, in
partnership with the relevant authorities, will
monitor the re- unification of the inmates with
their families for proper care.”
Some of the inmates, who said they hailed
from neighboring states, lamented that they
had not been fed for the last two days.
They regretted their actions but blamed it on
poverty and lack of parental care.

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