Police have uncovered a mysterious factory where young girls are made to conceive, give birth and the babies later sold to suspected ritualists and other members of the public in Uruan Local Government Area in Uyo capital of Akwa Ibom.
The young mothers are paid
N70,000 each after a successful delivery.
The state Commissioner of Police Umar Gwadabe who briefed newsmen on
the development and other breakthroughs recorded by the state police
command, disclosed that the said illegal home is owned by one Dr Wisdom
Mbaba and is located at Ekpene Ukim, in Uruan Local Government Area of
Gwadabe said following a tip-off from a concerned citizen of the
area, the police raided the place and about seven young women, between
the ages of 18 and 20 were rescued from the said operation, while the
suspected proprietor of the home, Dr Mbaba, escaped but his wife,
Effiong, was arrested.
One of the girls rescued, Aniebet Okon Sunday said she had gone there to abort a five-month-old pregnancy but the
doctor told her to stay with him, promising that he would pay her for
the baby, which she agreed to and was paid N70,000 after delivery.
“My friend took me to Doctor Wisdom when I was pregnant and wanted to
do abortion but the doctor said I should stay and give birth. I did not even see the baby that I gave birth to. I don’t know if it
was a boy or girl. It was taken away before I was able to stand up. But
doctor gave me N70, 000,” Miss Sunday narrated.
However, Dr Mbaba’s wife Effiong who is currently in police custody,
admitted that her husband was a specialist in abortion but claimed he
had stopped doing the business for some years now.
Asked whether she was running the business with her husband she said,
“No, I don’t know anything about the business. I run a shop where I
sell foodstuffs and others things.”
However, the state commissioner of police said his men had been equipped to contain any security challenges in the state.
Culled from Nigerian Tribune.