Noble Uzuchi, a 17-year-old boy, was detained by the Rivers State Police Command in Nigeria after he allegedly conceived of 10 women. The defendant and his accomplice, 29-year-old Chigozie Ogbonna, were both apprehended.
The two suspects and two additional women, Peace Alikoi, 40, and Favour Bright, 30, were reportedly running a baby factory, according to law enforcement officials. The arrests were made as a result of a tip, according to Grace Iringe-Koko, the Rivers Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO).
The four suspects Noble Uzuchi and the rest were operating in the state’s Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas prior to their arrest, according to a statement from the police chief. She continued by saying that following the operation and suspects’ arrests, cops had managed to save 10 pregnant women.
“On Saturday, January 7, 2023, around 4.45 pm, 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. The victims rescued in the operation are 10, most of them pregnant,” Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, stated in the statement.
She said that according to investigations, some of the infants who had previously been born in the houses had been sold. She also said that after a victim gave birth, the syndicate leader retained the child and gave her a payment of N500,000.
“All the victims confessed that they were lured to the illicit sales of children because of the need to meet some financial challenges. A Honda Pilot Jeep, white, was recovered from the syndicate leader.”
The State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) has taken up the case to conduct additional research and possibly bring the offenders to justice. The buyers of the already sold infants are being sought out and apprehended in order to face justice for their crimes.