- The baby factory operator Mrs Akunmadu was arrested
- She claims she is a mid-wife and that she runs a maternity home
- She tried to bribe the officials of the NSCDC
- A pregnant girl says she was not aware of why her mum brought her to the woman
A woman, Mrs Esther Akunmadu, 52, was arrested for running the illegal baby factory, where pregnant young girls are kept till they give birth after which their babies will be sold.
Parading the suspect on Friday at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in south-east Nigeria, the Deputy Commandant of the NSCDC in Imo State, Mr Ade Micheal, said the woman was arrested in Umuchoke in Obazu Mbieri, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state.
Channels Television reports that Mrs Akunmadu was arrested after she had been monitored by the security agents for close to a week after they were informed of her activities.
Mr Michael said that the preliminary investigations revealed that the woman had been into the illegal business for over one year. At the period of arrest, two male babies, 2-day old and 2-week old baby were both recovered from her illegal maternity home.
“While she was about to be arrested, she tried to bribe her way with the sum of 100,000 Naira which our men rejected,” he also said.
A home for women to give birth
The Deputy Commandant asked all parents and guardians to be conscious of the activities of people living within their neighbourhood especially during the election period.
He emphasised that the command would ensure that all such activities would be nipped in the bud.
He also said that the command would hand the babies to the ministry of women affairs and social development in the state and also hand over the operator to appropriate authorities for further prosecution.
When questioned by reporters, Mrs Akunmadu denied the claims of the NSCDC official, insisting that she is a retired midwife and that the alleged illegal and unregistered baby factory was a home for women who wanted to give birth.
She, however, accepted that she was trying to bribe her way out of the security operatives’ net.
A 21-year old pregnant girl and one of the inmates in the illegal maternity home told reporters that her mother brought her to the place without knowledge of the dealings between her mother and the operator.
Police investigation will continue.
A 10-year jail term is being proposed by the senate for the illegal baby factory operators in order to end the crime.
It is about the third time that a baby factory has been discovered in Imo State.