Operatives of the Rivers state Police Command have arrested a 17-year-old boy identified as Noble Uzuchi, alongside his accomplice, Chigozie Ogbonna, 29, for impregnating 10 ladies as part of running a baby factory.
Aside from Uzuchi, and Ogbonna, the police also apprehended two other ladies, Favour Bright, 30; and Peace Alikoi, 40.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Grace Iringe-Koko, who disclosed the arrests in a statement, said the four suspects operated in Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas of the state.
While noting that the suspects were arrested following a tip-off, Iringe-Koko said the 10 pregnant ladies have been rescued.
According to the police spokesperson; “On Saturday, January 7, 2023, around 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 pregnant”
The statement further said investigations revealed that when a victim was delivered of her baby, the syndicate leader kept the child and paid her a sum of N500,000, adding that some of the babies previously delivered in the houses had been sold.
She said, “All the victims confessed that they were lured to the illicit sales of children because of the need to meet some financial challenges. A Honda Pilot Jeep, white, was recovered from the syndicate leader.”
The case, Iringe-Koko noted, has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for investigation, and efforts intensified to track and arrest the buyers of the children already sold.