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NAPTIP uncovers baby factory in Calabar

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Following the rescue of 24 pregnant girls and 11 babies by a joint task force in Anantigha, Calabar South local government area of Cross River State, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking Persons (NAPTIP) has said that investigation is ongoing to fish out the barons.

The Head of Operations of NAPTIP, Mr Oba Jacobs, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in a telephone chat.

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“Investigation is ongoing and there might be more arrests. It is not possible to interview the victims now because they are under shelter,” he said.

The 24 pregnant girls and 11 babies were rescued on Wednesday when the newly formed security outfit called Operation Akpakwu stormed Udeme Avenue at Anantigha, where the factory was located.

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One Fidelia Daniel, alongside her husband, suspected to be administrators of the factory, were arrested and in police custody.

When The Guardian visited the place at Anatigha, where the victims were sheltered, the gate was locked.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Soldiers came yesterday and arrested some pregnant girls and babies. I don’t know that something like that was happening on my street since my five years of staying here.”

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