NSCDC Raids Baby Factory In Abia, Rescues 19 Pregnant Teenage GirlsLatest News, News, News From The State Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Ignatius Okpara, Umuahia
Operatives of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps NSCDC in Abia state command have rescued a total of Nineteen pregnant teenagers, following the raid of a baby factory located at Umunkpeyi in Isiala Ngwa South council area of the state.
Parading the girls and some staff of the baby factory in Umuahia, the state commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Andy Dateer, disclosed that the command got a tip-off about the home where teenage pregnant girls who are less privileged were kept until they deliver and the babies sold.
He gave the name of the factory as Nma Charity and Motherless Babies’ Home, whose owner, is presently at-large.
He alleged that the proprietor of the illegal home, brings in men to sleep with and impregnate the girls, and after delivery, the babies are sold, while mothers are paid peanuts.
The Abia NSCDC boss, said that his men raided the place early Monday morning and rescued the girls, along with three babies under the ages of two, who are ready to be sold.
According to him, “4 women social workers” as well as four men, were also arrested during the raid.
He explained that he decided to parade the rescued girls and the suspects, so as “to tell the people of Abia State that such people exist in the state, and since the state is ‘God’s own state,’ such operations are not supposed to work here.”
Dateer further said that though the raid of baby factory is not within his operational sphere, “it is part of the security work we do, I have called the Police (and) Women Affairs Department.”
Also intimated include the office of the first lady, and the governor to hint them about the development, adding that he will hand the rescued girls and suspects to the appropriate authority.
“But we are going to monitor their repatriation to their different homes to be sure that they are home and to appeal to their parents to take them back without any fuss”.
One of the pregnant girls, he said, is in a bad condition, saying that she has been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
He wondered how people who claim to be into work of charity will have such sick person in their midst without medical attention.
The girls according to him, told him that they have been starved of food for the past two days, and that he has “made arrangement for them to be fed and I am calling on the state government to come to their rescue by taking them to a better place before returning them to their parents.”
Fifteen of them come from various parts of the state while the remaining are from neighbouring states like Imo State, appealing to parents to stop the habit of chasing their children away from home, thereby leading them to such places they were rescued.
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