21 pregnant women were on Sunday removed from an Abia State-based baby factory through the aid of the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
The facility, according to residents of the area was being run by a lady who hails from Umunkpei Nvosi in Isiala-Ngwa Local Government Area of the state. However, when the Army stormed the compound she was nowhere to be found.
21 of the 22 ladies found in the infamous building were discovered to be in different stages of pregnancy. Shockingly, two babies were also found.
Residents who had called the attention of the troops to the facility disclosed that babies were often sold from the compound and it is believed that they are eventually used for ritual purposed and child trafficking.
Items like generator, a bag of rice two bags of Garri, a stretcher, gas cylinder, a bag of rice, four cartoons of tin tomatoes and five litres of Vegetable oil were seen in the facility
A woman who identified herself as the cook and further introduced herself as Katherine Oyechi Ngwanma was taken away with the Army; while the pregnant ladies were handed over to the state government for necessary steps.
On the raid with the Troop were the Army Public Relations Officer, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Lt Omale Innocent Prince, and the Media Adviser to Governor Alex Otti, Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma.
Ekeoma while speaking condemned the actions of the fleeing owner of the baby factory and said ” this type of thing should not be happening in Abia state”. He nevertheless assured that the new administration of the Alex Otti-led government will sanitise the state from questionable characters.