In Aba, Umuahia State, the Directorate of State Service, (DSS) has rescued 16 pregnant girls between the ages of 17 and 37 from a ‘baby factory’.
The name of the said ‘baby factory’ is none other than Cross Foundation International, a charity home located along Anyamele Street in Umungasi area of Aba.
The proprietor of the home, Dr. Hyginus Ndudim Orikara, has been arrested denied running a baby factory, saying, his foundation was legitimately registered.
According to him, girls with unwanted pregnancy are brought to the home for them to be encouraged and assisted to carry their pregnancies to full term, deliver and nurse the babies.
But Obodoechi dismissed Orikara’s claim, insisting that confessional statement by the pregnant ladies showed that the doctor was indeed engaged in the baby factory business.
According to him, “the ladies upon delivery are given a paltry sum of N50,000 and sent away while their babies are sold to people from different parts of the country.”
The DSS director expressed worry that menace of baby factory was fast becoming a new crime trend.
He said: “It is another kind of kidnapping where babies are snatched at point of birth and sold. It is a big shame, a big problem and it all boils down to the kind of values we have in the society today. Life is not valued… Those hiding under the cover of NGOs to perpetrate modern form of slave trade are warned to abstain from such illegalities as security agencies will stop at nothing to ensure that they are apprehended and made to face the law.”