Police arrest couple for allegedly running baby factory in Lagos

Imohimi Edgal Lagos police commissioner Imohimi Edgal

The police in Lagos have arrested a man and his wife for allegedly running a baby factory in the Igando area of the state.

Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said the suspects, Adeola Adebayo, 50, and Rita Adebayo, 40, were arrested for harbouring pregnant women and selling their babies without their consent.

“Following information given by members of the press on the operation of a baby factory at No. 1, treasure palace road, Ikotun/Igando, the police swung into action and Adeola Adebayo with his wife, Rita Adebayo was arrested.

“Three victims who were pregnant were also rescued.

“They harbour young pregnant girls till they give birth and take their babies away.

“The information we got is that they sell the babies without the consent of the mothers,” Mr Edgal said.

One of the victims, Favor Osikweme, 19, who is six months pregnant, told newsmen that she was introduced to the baby factory by her friend called Lepa.

“I was not told it is a baby factory. I was staying with my friend called Lepa when she told me that her place is too small and will take me to where I will deliver my child.

“I have been there since December 2017. The woman told my mother that I am working with her but we didn’t negotiate about payment for my child,” she said.

Another rescued victim, Precious Emmanuel, said that she was worried after getting pregnant for a foreigner and was introduced to the baby factory by her sister.

“I was taken to the woman by my sister after getting pregnant for a foreigner. The woman then promised to settle me as soon as I deliver my baby,” she said.