An illegal orphanage popularly known as ‘baby factory’ was uncovered by the police yesterday, December 3, in Imo State.
The operator of the ‘baby factory’, James Ezuma, was apprehended and arrested by the police.
Ezuma whose illegal orphanage known as Ezuma Women and Children’s Rights Protection Initiative, was paraded in front of newsmen yesterday.
According to reports:
Paraded alongside Ezuma were 15 pregnant teenagers and several vehicles including Jaguar and Honda jeeps. Addressing newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Katsina expressed concern over a missing baby who was sold to unknown persons.
He said the child was delivered on November 24 by one Chinaza Nnachi, a native of Ebonyi State who came to the home when she was pregnant. The commissioner said all efforts to locate the child have proved abortive as the suspect has refused to lead the police to where the baby is.
“He took us to Abia State where he said the baby was kept, but we were unable to recover him,” he said. Katsina said though investigation is still on, the assumption at the moment is that the baby may have been used for rituals.
“When we conducted a search on this home, 16 pregnant girls between the ages of 14 and 19 were found. We also recovered an automatic eight loader pump action gun which is a prohibited firearm,” he said.
In an interview with journalists, Chinaza Nnachi, the 19-year-old mother of the missing child, said she was directed to the home by a lady who assured her that she would be taken care of. She added that her baby was taken away two hours after he was delivered without her consent.
Nnachi said she was given N100,000 by the doctor when she asked about the whereabouts of her child.