The Rivers State Police Command has detained a 17-year-old teenager named for having impregnating 10 women.
The Rivers State Police Command in Nigeria reportedly discovered and shut down a baby manufacturing operation in the Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas of the state, according to the Nigerian news outlet PUNCH.
Ten pregnant girls have been rescued, and four individuals have been detained in connection with the illegal operation.
The syndicate recruited Uzuchi and 29-year-old Chigozie Ogbonna to have marathon intercourse with the ladies and get them pregnant, according to the police.
The syndicate’s 40-year-old boss, Peace Alikoi, would then keep the infants and give the moms N500,000 as payment (KES 138,406). The newborns were also sold in certain cases. Favour Bright, 30, was also detained by the police in connection with the operation.
After receiving information of the operation, the police acted swiftly to seize the victims from two homes in the Igwuruta and Omagwa areas.
“On Saturday, January 7, 2023, around 4.45pm, 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,” said Superintendent of Police Grace Iringe-Koko, the police spokesperson.
The majority of the victims—who were pregnant—were saved, and they were then taken into custody for additional questioning. The police have also taken a Jeep Honda Pilot from the boss of the group.
According to Iringe-Koko, “all the victims confessed that they were persuaded to engage in the illegal sale of children because they needed to overcome some financial obstacles.”
The State Criminal Investigation Department has taken up the case, and more is being done to find and apprehend the people who bought the already-sold-out children.
Iringe-Koko continued, “We will not stop until all those responsible for this horrible atrocity are brought to court and held accountable for their crimes.