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Police in Ogun State have again rescued 4 pregnant ladies, 4 female children, one nursing mother and four other ladies from a suspected baby-making home in the state.
The police also arrested one Precious Ogbonna, daughter of the proprietress of the home, Florence Ogbonna, alongside a man suspected to be hired to impregnate the laides at the illicit facility located at Imedu Olori area of Mowe in Obafemi Owode Local government area of the state.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said men of the Mowe police station rescued the victims on Monday arresting two suspects.
Police had earlier in March this year, stormed the said home arresting three suspects – Florence Ogbonna, Chibuke Akabueze and Chibuzor Okafor in connection with the case.
Alleged of getting men to sleep with the ladies and selling their babies, Oyeyemi said Florence was Charged to court and granted bail while her trial continued.
In a new development, Police again stormed the same home in Mowe on Sunday and rescued the victims while the Proprietress was away at a burial in the East.
Oyeyemi said the inmate who escaped and reported at Mowe police station that she had been lured into the home and held captive there when she was pregnant, again hinted the police who swung to action.
Oyeyemi said, “… a baby factory recently discovered at Ofada area of Mowe, surprisingly the operator of the home has earlier been paraded and charge to court by the operative of Ogun State but granted bail, went back to her normal duty. One of the victims escaped because they wanted to sell her baby, she disagreed with them and went to the police to report.
“We met about 10 girls there, some of them were already pregnant and we have the daughter of the operator alongside a man who we strongly suspected to be one of those the woman hires to impregnate the ladies after which she will sell off the lady; they are all here and we have been interrogating them.
“One of the ladies claimed that she is from Imo State and that the woman lured her to Ogun State on pretense that she will provide job for her but on getting here, she discovered that the woman want to sell her baby and that was why she ran out of the place. We have other four that were already pregnant; four children were recovered from the home. We have launched a massive manhunt for the woman and we are expecting to get her arrested any moment from now.
“The victims were drawn from many parts of the southeastern states and brought them here for the purpose of human trafficking. The command has started investigation on it and she is going to be charged to court. She still has a case in court which she is enjoying the bail. This is another fresh case.
The escaped inmate, Chidera Onoha now with her six month child narrating her ordeal said she had to go and report when the proprietress wanted to sell her baby.
22 year old Onoha had earlier been taken to a motherless baby home in Ogun but had to escape due to maltreatment returning to her former mistress, Ogbonna.
Onoha said, “I was in my state hawking when I told my village brother that I am tired of selling and that I want to do house girl if there is any way he can help me. My brother told me he has some connection with one woman that runs beer parlour in Lagos. He said she pays #20,000 in a month. I spoke with the woman on phone, she promised to help me. I travelled from Orlu, Imo to Lagos, went to the woman’s house in the night. My mum was calling me but the woman collected my phone and removed my SIM, I saw a lot of phones there, I even saw a lady that just gave birth. I was told that if I born a baby boy, they will give me #200,000 but if I born a baby girl, they will give me #100,000.
“They said they will take my baby from my hand, I refused, she said she wants to sell my baby to recover back the money she has spent on me because I once escaped and was at a motherless baby home but I was asked to leave the home. I went to police station to report because I want to go back to my village. The second lady we ran away together has already been called to her village to sell her baby.
The rescued pregnant ladies included 15 year old Igwe Blessing, 17 year old Okechukwu Ifunaya, 19 year old Orji Gift and 20 year old Gift Asuquo-Etim.
Oyeyemi advised parents not to leave their female children ‘because they have grown a little, the want to go and fend for themselves’ so as to avoid being lured into crimes such as baby making.
On way out, Oyeyemi urged the judiciary to ensure “quick dispensation of justice” adding that the command will “find a way of getting in contact with their family so that they well come and take possession of their children.”
He also hinted that the command will write the state governor making recommendations and observations on the motherless baby homes in the state.