19 Pregnant Girls Rescued from Lagos Baby Factories

Nineteen pregnant girls between the ages of 15 and 28 have been rescued from new baby factories in Lagos in Lagos. Four kids who were to be sold were also rescued.

On 19 September, 2019, detectives from Ishiri Osun Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Chike Ibe stormed a building at 14 Adisa Street, Ayanwale area of Ikotun Lagos, suspected to be used for child trafficking.

In the process, the 19 pregnant girls and four kids were rescued. Three additional addresses namely: 32 Owosho Street, Governor Road, Ikotun; 29 Olugbeyohun Street, Olakunle Bus Stop Abaranje and 4/6 Anomo Street, Abaranje were also raided.

The pregnant women were brought from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Abia and Imo States. Two suspects, Happiness Ukwuoma (40) and Sherifat Ipeya (54) were arrested in connection with the case. The suspects did not receive formal medical training but operate as nurses. The suspects are natives of Imo and Epe-Lagos States respectively.

The Police Command has launched a manhunt of the principal suspect, Madam Oluchi, a native of Mbano, Imo State. She is a mother of five.

The young women were mostly abducted by the suspects for the purpose of getting them pregnant and selling the babies to potential buyers. The girls were tricked with employment as domestic staff in Lagos.

The Babies are sold between N300,000 and N500,000, depending on the sex. Boys are sold for N500,000 and girls for N300,000. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu has visited the scenes and ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case.

The Command is currently working with other agencies and stakeholders in rehabilitating and resettling the pregnant girls and the babies. -Story by Dedeigbo Ayodeji

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