….RescueÂ 6Â pregnant teenagers
The Delta State Police Command has uncovered an illegal orphanage where it claimed that babies are sold inÂ Usonia Street in Asaba.
Mr. Charles Muka, the Commandâ€™s spokesman, said the orphanage, known as Maryâ€™s Perpetual Help Orphanage, is owned by one Johnmary Ihueze.
Muka told the News agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Asaba, yesterday, that Ihueze, who was nabbed by the police after a tip-off, â€œalso keeps pregnant girls who are coerced into signing off their babies upon delivery in an affidavit.
â€œUpon his arrest, six pregnant girls, among them a 14- year-old, was also discovered. Through interrogation, a one-month-old baby girl was recovered at Motherless Babies Home, Obosi, in Anambra State.
â€œThe pregnant girls have been evacuated to a Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse in Asaba for rehabilitation,â€ he said.
In another development, Muka said the police also exhumed two unidentified corpses in an uncompleted building on the Benin-Asaba Expressway after a tip-off by the contractor handling the building.
He said efforts were being made to trace the perpetrators of the act, while the bodies had been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, for autopsy
Similarly, the police also rescued six girls from human traffickers at Ekpan in the Uwvie Local Government Area of the state.
â€œThe police, on receiving the report, swung into action and arrested a native doctor and seven other suspects,â€ Muka said.
According to Muka, the native doctor gave the girls â€œsome spirit bathâ€ preparatory for â€œtheir journey abroad.â€
He said the suspects, who are assisting the police in their investigation, would soon appear in court