The Nigeria Police Command in Enugu on Saturday 13th June, raided a “baby factory” and arrested nine pregnant girls in the process of the operation.
The operation was carried out by the 9th Mile Division of the Nigeria Police Force, which took the police to a baby factory located within Etiti Amankwo Ngwo of 9th mile, Udi local government Area of Enugu state.
The factory is allegedly being owned and operated by one Ikechukwu Onoh of Etiti Amakwo Ngwo.
The spokesman of the police in Enugu State, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the arrest to Journalists said the pregnant women and girls later gave their names as “Stella James, 19 years of Ohaozara Ebonyi State, Eze Jennifer, 19 years of Obukpa in Nsukka local Government Of Enugu state, Ugwu Christabel, 17 years of Aku Igboetiti local Government of Enugu state, Happiness Mbaonu, 17 years of Nnewi Anambra state, Ovunna Ifeoma, 20 years of Ezza Ebonyi State”.
Others are Esther Nwankwo, 21 years of Nkalagu Ebonyi state, Onyedika Agu, 23 years of Isuawa Awgu of Enugu state, Blessing James, 23 years of Ohafia Abia state and Chibueze Ujunwa, 24 years of Nenwenta Aninri local Government Area of Enugu state.
“On the part of the owner of the factory, he claimed that he got a provisional approval in October 2007 from ministry of women affairs and social development Enugu State to admit and shelter pregnant women in his hospital called ‘Tex Hospital and maternity home’, and that the hospital is no longer functional, hence he is now running the home from his house.
“He also admitted that under the authority, he was supposed to inform the social development and women affairs within 24hrs of admitting any pregnant woman”.
Meanwhile, some of the girls claimed that they were raped by unknown persons and that they found succour in the home. One of them claimed that she was raped and that she could not report to her parents until pregnancy resulted, leading to her being forced to marry an old man or leave the family. This, she said made her to seek for assistance through one of her relations, who directed her to the home.
Details are yet to emerge on what happens to the babies when they are delivered.