A suspected baby-making factory has been uncovered in Imedu Olori area of Mowe, Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun State.
The illegal baby factory was discovered on Friday, February 28, according to a statement by the Ogun police command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, when one of the inmates, who escaped from the home, reported at Mowe police station that she was lured into the home and held captive at the place for some months.
She stated that the owner of the home, one Florence Ogbonna, who lured her into the baby factory, usually contracts the services of some able-bodied men to sleep with her and others in order to impregnate them, and immediately any of them gives birth to a baby, such baby will be taken away by the said Florence Ogbonna to only God knows where.
Upon her report, the DPO, Mowe division, Marvis Jayeola, mobilized his detectives to the scene where 12 ladies between the ages of 20 and 25 were rescued with six amongst them heavily pregnant.
Three suspects namely Florence Ogbonna, Chibuke Akabueze, and Chibuzor Okafor were arrested in connection to the case.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.
He also directed that the victims be kept in safe and protective custody pending when they will be re-united with their respective families.
[This article was previously published on the guardian]