ABAKALIKI— THE Ebonyi State Police command said, weekend, that it arrested two suspects allegedly involved in the sale of a boy to a baby factory in Imo State.

Briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Abakaliki, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sylvester Igbo, said one of the suspects, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, specialised in conveying pregnant young girls from Amasiri to Amaraku, Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State where the baby factory is located.

The suspect was said to have taken the pregnant teenager, Miss Uchechi Sunday, from Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State to the baby factory after he had promised to link her to a provision store where she would be engaged as a sales girl.

Vanguard gathered that the victim, Uchechi, on reaching the factory was shocked to discover that only pregnant girls where confined in the building used for the factory but had no option but to remain in the building until she delivered her baby.

After the delivery, Uchechi was stripped of her baby and transported to Okigwe where she was left with N10,000 to transport herself to Amasiri and to purchase some new clothes.

Angered by the development, her parents reported the incident to the police who commenced investigation into the matter.

According to the police spokesman, police investigation led to the arrest of the suspect and a nurse, Gloria Ezenwa in FeziechiHospital at Orlu which served as a referral centre to the baby factory when incidences of complications arose.

He said: “The case of child trafficking was reported to us. It is all about a teenager, Uchechi Sunday, I7 years, who became pregnant to an Ebonyi husband and was taken away by one man named Ifeanyi Agwu, 24, from Amasiri in Afikpo North. He deceived the lady, telling her that he had a place where she will do sales work at Amaigbo in ImoState.”

“On reaching that very place known as Amagibo, Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government of Imo state. The girl saw other teenagers at that area who were pregnant by unknown men. They were housed waiting for the time, they will deliver. And when this girl discovered this thing, she has no choice but to stay.

“That girl was taken to that place on the month of March, 2013 and on 5th June; the girl gave birth to the baby boy. While on the 6th June, the child was taken away from the girl to unknown people. After that, the sum of N10, 000 was given to the girl as her transport fare to her place in Amasiri. And she was helped and was dropped in Okigwe in Imo state. When the girl came back, the matter was reported to us.

“The girl also reported that one other girl from her village was also taken there by this Ifeanyi. It was discovered that this place was used as baby factory by the proprietress, favour, whose surname was

not known. On reaching to that place, it was discovered that the woman has vacated the area and the teenagers have been relocated.

But they saw one of the nurses that the woman has been using to look after the teenagers and the nurse was arrested. She is Gloria Ezenwa staff nurse in FeziechiHospital at Orlu. The nurse is with us and she

is helping in investigation. Effort is being ensured that the fleeing proprietress of the baby is arrested”

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