No fewer than five suspects were nabbed while six pregnant teenagers were rescued when the Anambra State Government, in collaboration with security operatives on Wednesday, raided a ‘baby factory’ at Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.
Dr Afam Obidike, the state Commissioner for Health, told journalists after the raid that the ‘baby factory’ where the babies were being sold is named ‘Mother and Child Hospital and Maternity’ and is on the road along the Tansian University, Umunya.
Obidike stated that the state’s Health Facility, Accreditation and Monitoring Unit was at the facility for its routine inspection when it made the discovery.
According to him, the medical attendants in the facility locked up the place and fled after they asked to see the doctor on duty to find out why the facility was not registered with the state government.
Obidike said, “Security operatives, including OCHA-Brigade, civil defence corps and the police, later assisted the monitoring team in gaining access into the facility.
“When we gained access to the facility, what we saw was shocking. We discovered six underage pregnant girls between ages 14, 15, 16, 17 and 21 years, allegedly camped against their wishes.
“We interviewed these girls, and they told us that they were being camped by one self-acclaimed doctor, who they identified as Mr Odili Ossai, from Delta State, now at large.
“They said when they deliver the babies, the operator of the facility, would sell them.
“Five persons have been arrested in connection with the ‘factory’, and the police will carry out further investigation.”