By Ikeugonna Eleke
Police in Anambra State have raided the home of one Melvina Uju Uba in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, whose home was said to have been turned into a baby factory, for the breeding and sale of children.
Fides gathered that 10 ladies, including five pregnant women, were among those arrested by the police, while five new born babies and three children were rescued from the home.
It was learnt that the home haboured ladies who were used to produce children who are later sold out to those in need of children at various sums, depending on their gender.
Mr Haruna Mohammed, a Chief Superintendent of Police who is also the Public Relations Officer of the Anambra State Police Command, disclosed the news of the arrest to journalists.
He said, ‘On 26/1/2021 at about 7:am, following an intelligence report, police operatives attached to the SIB and Area Command, Oraifite, coordinated by the Area Commander, ACP Afolabi Wilfred, raided the house of one Melvina Uju Uba, ‘f’, located opposite Nnamdi Azikiwe Orthopedic Teaching Hospital Oba in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State.
‘The place was raided following credible information that teenage girls were being impregnated and the babies sold out by human traffickers. During the operation, five new born babies and three other children were rescued, while 10 women, including pregnant ones, were arrested.
‘Meanwhile, the rescued children will be handed over to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children’s and Women’s Affairs for proper care, while effort is being intensified to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice.’
Mohammed gave the names of the arrested women as follows; Edna Nnadi, aged 37 years; Ujunwa Nweke, aged 25 years; Izuchukwu Uba, aged 24 years; Chinaza Ibeh, aged 19 years; Peace Okon Effiong, aged 25 years.
Others are; Gift Collins, aged 20 years; Chimkaso Kingsley, aged 25 years; Happiness Monday, aged 18 years; Chioma Okonkwo, aged 25 years and Uchechukwu Nwankwo, aged 18 years.