Six girls recruited to make babies for sale have been arrested alongside their sponsors
Operators of the flourishing baby factory business in the eastern part of the country are faced with hard times as law enforcement agencies have intensified efforts towards tracking the operators and girls involved in the illicit deals.
Presently the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corpse (NSCDC), Enugu State Command, at the weekend stormed two brothels where they apprehended six girls between the ages of 15 and 24, for the illicit business.
They were alleged to have been kept in the brothel while men were allowed to have sex with them to make them pregnant. The babies will be taken away from them for sale after delivery. The girls were paraded by the NSCDC alongside the proprietors of the brothels, Azubuike Aneke, owner of Zubynet Hotel, 26 Okpara Avenue Enugu, and Chief George Obike, owner of Star Palace Hotel on No. 4 Mission Avenue, Coal Camp Enugu who were alleged to be involved in the business.
NSCDC disclosed that the arrests were made possible with the assistance of the Enugu State Child Fostering and Adoption Committee headed by Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma, Archbishop of the Anglican Communion, Enugu State Province.
The girls names were given as Esther Ani,23, SS2 student from Agbani Enugu state, Ifeoma Agbo ,21, JSS3 student from Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State, Lovette Mbamalu ,18, SS2 student from Ifitedunu Anambra State, Ogbu Gloria (15) SS3 student from Effium, Ebonyi State and Chinaza Okoye (18) SS3 student from Agulu, Anambra State and Aku Udeze Favour (24) SS3 student from Uzo-Uwani Enugu State. It was gathered that menbetween N1,000 and N3,000 per night to sleep with them in order to impregnate them.
A source said the reason of keeping them was not for the money they were being paid by men per night but their proprietors were much interested in their getting pregnant as selling their babies will fetch them more money.
The girls we gathered were being held until they put to bed and their babies sold out. However, the girls explained that they are prostitutes who lodge in the brothel to make ends meet.
The proprietors of the brothels, Obika and Aneke, however, refuted claims that they were engaged in baby factory business, insisting that they run the brothels as prostitution ring where girls pay N100 per night for lodging. The girls however revealed that they were in the brothels for prostitution only.
Their stand was in line with the claim by proprietors of the brothels, Obika and Aneke, who denied the allegation that they were engaged in baby factory business, insisting that they run the brothels as a prostitution ring where girls pay N1000 per night for lodging.
Chairman of the Committee on Child Adoption and Fostering in the state and Archbishop of the Anglican Communion, Enugu State Province, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma, warned that the state would no longer be conducive for human traffickers and prostitutes.
He stated that the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has directed them to stop prostitution and illegal sale and adoption of babies.
– Damilola Olaniyan