YET another “baby factory” has been bust in Nigeria, this one involving a church and 16 pregnant teenagers, all younger than 18.
According to Punch, a church cleric and three other people were running the baby factory in the Mount Sinai Ministry at Rukpokwu,Port Harcourt.
For years baby factories have been a national disgrace in Nigeria, where kids are sold for adoption or slave labour, or even killed for muthi.
The kids are usually sold to traffickers by their families, and then traded on illegal international adoption markets.
The cleric who was the mastermind behind the most recent scandal was named as Gloria Raphael.
One of the young pregnant women, Sandra Solomon, said she was unmarried and desperate.
“I became pregnant and I did not know what to do. So, a lady told me that they sell babies in that church and I came there. The woman did not tell me how much they sell. I don’t want to sell my baby.
“As we were sleeping in the church, police came and arrested all of us.”
Pregnant Favour Gabriel (17) said that the man who made her pregnant bought her to the church and promised to take her back after she’d delivered her child.
State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed said: “Sixteen pregnant women awaiting delivery and onward sale of the children to the waiting buyers were arrested. One of them by name Chinyere Nweke had labour yesterday (Friday) and was rushed to the police clinic where she gave birth to a baby girl.”
In April this year, 257 illegal baby factories were uncovered in just one state in Nigeria.
In the same month, 160 babies were rescued from a baby factory in Lagos.