Nine pregnant women were arrested by the Rivers state police command at a baby factory in Umuikpe community, Isiala Ngwa South, Abia state – The pregnant women were members of a baby-making syndicate – The police spokesman said that the operator of the baby factory was currently on the run Nine pregnant women have been arrested by the Rivers state police command and paraded in Port Harcourt on Monday, May 23. The Punch reports that operatives of the Anti-Kidnap Unit apprehended the women during their raid of a suspected baby factory in Umuikpe, Isiala Ngwa South local government area of Abia state. The pregnant women, ages 21-25, were members of a baby-making syndicate. They were planning to sell their newborn babies after the delivery. The operatives also arrested a 68-year-old private security man, John Ndukwe, who was manning the gate of the baby factory identified as Charity and Rehabilitation Centre.
Briefing journalists, Ahmad Muhammad, the state police public relations officer, revealed that the arrest of the suspects followed the abduction of a four-year-old boy, Friday Alioma, and a pregnant woman, Happiness Samuel. Two separete incidents took place in Ogbogoro, Obio/Akpor LGA on May 15 and 16 respectively. “Through discreet investigation, one Nkechi Oguama, a native of Ugiri in Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo state, was arrested with Ngozi Ogbonna, Blessing Izimanze and Favour Ogbonma in connection with the abduction. “They denied kidnapping four-year-old Friday Alioma. But they confessed to have known about the kidnap of Hapiness Samuel. Five more pregnant women, who were suspected members of the syndicate, were also apprehended through information given to the police by the first group of suspects.
“The five suspects are Ijeoma Ofor, Chioma Nkeze, Peace Sunday Matthew, Joy Chisom, Chinyere Monday and the security man, John Ndukwe. One of the suspects, Ngozi Ogbonna, led a team of Anti-Kidnap Unit to the Rehabilitation Centre, where the other suspects were arrested,” he said.