A 17-year-old boy identified as Noble Uzuchi has been arrested by the Rivers State Police Command in Nigeria for impregnating 10 ladies.
The suspect was nabbed alongside his accomplice, Chigozie Ogbonna, a 29-year-old man.
According to the law enforcement authorities, the two suspects, and two other ladies, Favour Bright, 30; and Peace Alikoi, 40 were allegedly running a baby factory.
According to Pulse.ng, who broke the news, the Rivers Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Grace Iringe-Koko, reportedly claimed that the arrests were made as a result of a tipoff.
In a statement from the police boss, the four suspects were operating in the state’s Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas prior to their arrest.
She continued by saying that following the raid and suspects’ arrests, officers had managed to rescued 10 pregnant women.
“On Saturday, January 7, 2023, around 4.45 pm, while acting on credible intelligence available to the Rivers State Police Command, C4I Intelligence Unit operatives raided two houses at Igwuruta and Omagwa communities respectively, where victims of child trafficking were being kept.
“The victims rescued in the operation are 10, most of them pregnant,” Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police said in the statement.
She disclosed that investigations found that when a victim delivered of her baby, the syndicate leader kept the child and paid her a sum of N500,000 and that some of the babies previously delivered in the houses had been sold.
“All the victims confessed that they were lured to the illicit sales of children because of the need to meet some financial challenges. A Honda Pilot Jeep, white, was recovered from the syndicate leader.”
The State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) has taken over the case to conduct additional research and possibly bring the suspects to justice.
Meanwhile, efforts are being taken to track and make arrests the buyers of the already sold children so they can answer for their crimes.