In connection with the operation of a baby factory, Rivers Police Command agents have detained a 17-year-old kid named Noble Uzuchi and his accomplice, 29-year-old Chigozie Ogbonna.
Multiple sources online say in addition to Uzuchi and Ogbonna, the police also detained Peace Alikoi, 40, and Favour Bright, 30. According to the Rivers Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Grace Iringe-Koko, who disclosed the arrests, the four suspects operated in Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas of the state.
While noting that the suspects were arrested following a tip-off, Iringe-Koko said the 10 pregnant ladies had been rescued.
“On Saturday, January 7, 2023, around 4.45 pm, while acting on credible intelligence available to the Rivers State Police Command, C4I Intelligence Unit operatives raided two houses at Igwuruta and Omagwa communities respectively, where victims of child trafficking were being kept. “The victims rescued in the operation are 10, most of them pregnant..” the police spokesperson said in a statement.
Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, said investigations revealed that when a victim delivered her baby, the syndicate leader kept the child and paid her a sum of N500,000, adding that some of the babies previously delivered in the houses had been sold.
She said, “All the victims confessed that they were lured to the illicit sales of children because of the need to meet some financial challenges. A Honda Pilot Jeep, white, was recovered from the syndicate leader.”
The case, Iringe-Koko, she noted had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for investigation, and efforts were being intensified to track and arrest the buyers of the children already sold.