Four young ladies kept as producers in an Nnewi, Anambra State baby factory have been rescued, the police said on Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The Anambra State police command in a statement said the four girls were rescued following police investigations prompted by the failed kidnap of a four year old boy instigated by the lady allegedly running the baby factory.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, who said the lady running the ring, Gladys Ikegwuonu and the four rescued girls were from Ebonyi state.
According to him, the girls were kept in a brothel after being impregnated by yet unknown men.
“It would be recalled that there was a report at the Area Command Headquarters, Nnewi, that a four-year-old child of St Joseph’s School, Otolo Nnewi, was returning home from school in the company of his siblings when two men on a motorcycle grabbed the child and zoomed off with him.
“The child was rescued by some commercial motorcyclists who pursued and eventually arrested the suspects at Akamili Community, Nnewi.
“Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the suspects who were beaten to stupor by an angry mob (one of whom was confirmed dead), were sent by one Gladys Nworie Ikegwuonu, presently at large, who also operates a baby factory and a brothel by keeping young girls and getting them impregnated after which she sells the children to her waiting customers.
According the police spokesman, two suspects, Abuchi Ani, 32, of Ohazora, Ebonyi State, and Emeka Ikegwuonu, 49, of Akabukwu, Nnewi, Anambra State, were in police custody.
Continuing, he said: “Four pregnant young girls were rescued as follows: Chisom Okoye, 20, of Mgbaneze Isu, Onicha LGA; Chinecherem Clement, 18, of Agbaebo Isu of Onicha LGA; Blessing Ogbonna, 21 of Nkwagu Isu of Onicha LGA; Blessing Njoku, 21, of Mgbaneze Isu of Onicha LGA, all of Ebonyi State, but residing at Cool Joint bar Nnewi.”