Nigerian Army raids baby factory in Abia, rescues 21 underage pregnant teenagers
Soldiers attached to the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks; 14 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army in Ohafia local government area of Abia State on Sunday raided and rescued 21 pregnant teenagers in a baby factory in Abia State.
The 14 Army spokesman, Lt. Prince Innocent Omale who confirmed the raid said the soldiers acted on a tip-off.
He said the rescued pregnant teenage girls have been handed over to the State Government.
“On 4 Jun 23, troops of 14 Brigade Ohafia raided a baby factory at Umunkpeyi Nvosi in Isiala-Ngwa LGA of Abia State. The baby factory was operated by one Mrs Mma Lilian Achumba.
“Troops on arrival at the facility rescued 22 ladies out of which 21 are pregnant and 2 babies (a boy and a girl).
“Items found in the place include; a Tiger Generator, a stretcher, a Gas cylinder, a bag of rice, 4 cartons of tin tomatoes, 5 litres of Vegetable oil, 2 bags of Garri and soup ingredients.
“Troops raided the baby factory following an intelligence report that the owner of the factory was selling some of these babies to criminal agents for ritual purposes, and others for child trafficking.
“Furthermore, the woman was also reported to be constituting a nuisance in the area as sometimes human parts were seen around the building.
“The owner of the baby factory is currently at large but efforts are ongoing to apprehend her.
“However, one Katherine Oyechi Ngwanma 34 years old, one of the chefs at the facility, was arrested by the troops.
“The pregnant women, as well as the babies, have been handed over to the Abia State Government for further actions.”