Nigerian police have raided a baby factory in the oil
city of Port Harcourt and arrested a woman accused
of harbouring six pregnant girls, a spokeswoman said
Wednesday.
“We rescued six girls last week at different stages of
pregnancy from an illegal maternity home in Port
Harcourt,” Joy Elomoko of the Imo State police told
AFP.
She said the youngest of the girls was 14, without
disclosing the ages of the others.
“We have also arrested the proprietress of the clinic
and she is assisting us in our investigation,” she said.
Elomoko said the raid on the Port Harcourt home
followed the arrest of a girl with a baby in nearby
Owerri on October 15.
“A lady was found in suspicious circumstances with a
day old baby and after interrogation she confessed
that she gave birth to a baby in Port Harcourt,” the
police spokeswoman said.
Elomoko said police detectives followed the girl to
Port Harcourt where six expectant mothers were
found in a clinic run by a woman.
“The woman could not produce any document
authorising her to operate the clinic and she was
subsequently arrested,” she said.
She said the girls also told police that they were
being kept in the home to make babies which would
be sold to willing buyers.
Elomoko said the suspect would be taken to court
after police investigation.
Nigerian police have uncovered a series of alleged
baby factories in recent years, notably in the south-
eastern part of the country. Baby boys can sell for a
price of around $250 (180 euros), baby girls for
slightly less.
Human trafficking, including the selling of children, is
the third most common crime in Nigeria behind fraud
and drug trafficking, according to the United Nations.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer, but poverty is
widespread across the country and most of the
estimated 160 million people still live on less than
two dollars a day

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