A 17-year-old Nigerian boy has been arrested after he allegedly made 10 women pregnant.
The boy, Noble Uzuchi, has been detained by the Rivers State Police Command after officers uncovered and shut down a baby factory operation in the Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas of the state.
Four people have been arrested after the illegal operation was unmasked, and ten pregnant girls have been rescued.
Uzuchi and 29-year-old Chigozie Ogbonna were hired by the syndicate to impregnate the women through marathon sex, according to police.
The leader of the operation by the name Peace Alikoi, 40, would then keep the babies and pay the mothers money worth KSH 138,406.
Some of the babies would be sold.
The syndicate was discovered when police were tipped off about the operation and swiftly conducted a raid on two houses in Igwuruta and Omagwa communities where the victims were hidden.
“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.” Superintendent of Police, Grace Iringe-Koko, the police spokesperson, said in a statement.
“All the victims confessed that they were lured to the illicit sales of children because of the need to meet some financial challenges,” Iringe-Koko stated.
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