No fewer than six pregnant teenagers have been rescued by men of the Rivers State Police Command in Aluu community of Ikwere local government area of the state.
Also, two suspected operators of baby factory were arrested by the team on 27, May 2023 at their alleged baby factory.
The police identified the suspects as Akudo Ozoroh and Mary Ade.
It was gathered that Ozoroh is the alleged owner of the baby factory where the six girls were rescued.
Ozoroh confessed to the police during her parade that she was the one operating the baby factory.
She admitted that she had been in the business for a long time during which she had succeeded in selling many children.
She, however, did not reveal identity of the buyers.
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While she sells a male child for N1.5 million to buyers at the centre, a female goes for N1 million.
Also speaking to journalists, the rescued teenagers claimed that they sought shelter in the facility after their boyfriends got them pregnant and rejected their pregnancies.
They said they were left with nothing but shame and rejection from the society, so they had to take shelter in the baby factory.
Others claimed that they were forced into the business because of hardship as they and do not have the means to take care of babies.
It was learnt that the teenagers were paid N250,000 and N300,000 for male and female babies at the facility.
The Police said with the prime suspect currently in custody, investigations are in top gear for the possible arrest of other suspects in connection to the crime.
Meanwhile, CP Nwonyi Polycarp Emeka has advised parents and guardians to be security conscious with regard to their children/wards and promptly report any suspicious activities or persons to the nearest police station or by calling the command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003514 and 08098880134.