The Abia state Special Anti-Robbery Squad has uncovered another baby factory at Ogbor hill axis of the state.
The Squad working with Abia state Police Command rescued five pregnant women and arrested a 54-year-old man, Nkem Nwokocha, who owns and manages the facility alongside his wife, identified identified simply as nurse.
Nwokocha who hails from Obegu village in the Ugwunagbo Local Government Area of the state,confessed that his wife as a midwife managed the baby factory for 6 years.
The rescued pregnant women are: Chidinma Chukwu (29); Kelechi Sampson (20); Happiness Godwin; Okoronkwo Mercy; and Oluebube Onyabu.
While parading the suspect at the police headquarters in Umuahia, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, said the police acted on a tip-off.
He explained that the proactive move of the force lead to the successful crackdown of the hideout where young ladies are being impregnated for money sake.
The police boss reaffirmed that it is a crime to sell babes for whatever reason.
He said, “Any crime that involves the sale of children is against humanity and God. Sometimes, it’s even hard to imagine that a child will be stolen and sometimes, their parents are involved. But we are not going to accept it. We are asking members of the public to give us useful information that will assist us in this direction.”
He said: “although the home was not legally registered with the government, it was working in liaison with a yet-to-be-identified social welfare home.
“I’m aware of what my wife is doing. Most times when I returned from my place of work, I saw these girls and when I asked them what they were doing in my house, my wife told me that their parents registered them with her for treatment.
“When the girls put to bed, my wife takes the babies to the welfare home we are working with. I don’t make any money from this because I have my own business and I am comfortable.
“Two of the pregnant girls, Mercy and Kelechi, said they knew Nwokocha’s wife through a woman who referred them to her for treatment of stomach ulcer”Oyebade said .
But the pregnant ladies in their response said that they are not legally married to any man, hence the reason they sort for maternity care in an enclosed area, adding that they were not selling their babies.