An internationally connected baby factory has been discovered in Nigeria as police raided an illegal camp in the Eastern part of the country.
Imo State Police Command busted the baby factory which a syndicate use as conduit to transport children out of the country and for locals who need babies desperately.
The factory has always been viewed as a pure-water production factory while engaging purely in illegal baby production through vulnerable teenagers.
The factory according to Police has produced several motherless babies as innocent teenagers are brainwashed to have babies which are snatched from them for onward transfer to needy families who are desperate for children. Police claimed the illegal baby breeding home is the biggest discovery in the history of illegal baby production factory which had been discovered in Nigeria.
At least 17 pregnant teenagers, 11 minors who were waiting to be sold to prospective buyers, were rescued while a boy of 23 years who offer free sex to the teenagers for illicit pregnancy were arrested.
According to Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina in the State Police Headquarters in Owerri, the illegal home was pounced on following a tip from members of the public.
According to the Imo police boss, one of the illegal homes, Ahamefula Motherless Babies Home, located in Umuaka, Njaba local council area, is allegedly owned by a middle aged woman simply identified as “Madam One Thousand“.
The bizarre aspect of the police finding was that a 23-year old boy, simply identified as Oyibo, was fingered as being responsible for impregnating the expectant girls, whose ages ranged between 14 and 17.
Apart from being in varying stages of pregnancy, the girls who equally looked malnourished and not properly catered for wept uncontrollably as they were paraded by the police in Owerri.
On how the Command burst the syndicate, the Commissioner explained that the illegal babies home was successfully raided by the “Ambush Squad” after a credible tip-off.
“The prime suspect is now at large. She was was producing pure water sachets as a decoy to deceive unsuspecting members of the public about what was really going on in the premises”, the Commissioner of Police recounted.
Continuing, Mr. Katsina said: “When the police invaded the tightly secured compound, 17 minors were seen holed up in different rooms in the large compound with some of their children playing around”.
The Imo police boss equally paraded the 55-year old security man, Mr. Uzoamaka Okoli, from Nempi, Oru West local government area of the state, employed by the fleeing owner of the babies home.
The 23-year old Oyibo, who was equally paraded by the Commissioner, has allegedly confessed to being responsible for all the pregnancies.
“The girls claimed they were fed once a day and were not allowed to leave the home,” said another spokeswoman Joy Elomoko.
It is not uncommon for such “baby factories” to be found in south-eastern Nigeria.
The rescued girls confessed they had all been made pregnant by a 23-year-old man, the AFP news agency.
The European Union says Nigeria, along with China, is one of the biggest sources of people trafficked into Europe, where they are often forced into prostitution.
In 2011, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (Naptip), said their investigations showed that babies are sold for up to $6,400 (£4,200) each.
Poor, unmarried women face tough choices if they get pregnant in Nigeria, often facing exclusion from society, correspondents say.
Naptip says desperate teenagers with unplanned pregnancies are sometimes lured to clinics and then forced to turn over their babies.
The babies can be sold for illegal adoption, used for child labour or prostitution or sometimes killed with their body parts used for ritual purposes.