Baby factory: Police smash syndicate
Two pregnant teenagers and half a dozen children have been recovered from a baby factory syndicate run by a couple and five others in Delta. Anambra, Akwa-Ibom and Cross River States.
According to Police authorities in Delta State, security information revealed that the couple, Chidiebere Udeagbala and Nkiru Asouza operated a baby cell in Asaba, capital of Delta State, where they received stolen and trafficked children.
With the tip-off, the couple were arrested, confessed to the crime of child trafficking and led the Police operatives to Onitsha, Anambra State, where one Mary Bassey Okon was apprehended in custody of four suspected trafficked children aged between 1-5 years.
The suspects further led the Police operatives to Akwa-Ibom State where one Ekaete Sunday, Etieno Mary Basset, Stella John and Esther Ezekiel were arrested.
“Two additional trafficked children of same age bracket were recovered. More so, two pregnant girls, Mercy Atume and Chidimma Johnson aged 18 years were also recovered from the suspects”, Delta State Commissioner of Police, Alkali Baba Usman told journalists.
According to CP Usman, the suspects told the Police that the pregnant girls had agreed to deliver the babies and sell them to the syndicate.
“The suspects stated that the two pregnant girls were directed to them after been variously impregnated to enable them nurse the pregnancy with a view of selling the babies after delivery”, the CP stated..
The CP said Chidinma Johnson and six children were handed over to the Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs, while Mercy Atume was given to her parents.
The state Police Command further advised parents of stolen or missing children in Akwa-Ibom and Cross River States to report to the Delta State Police Command with proof of Parentage. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), yesterday trained officers and personnel of the Special Task Force on international Human Rights laws to guide their operations in Plateau State.
The training, which was conducted in Jos was meant to promote the knowledge of relevant humanitarian laws to guide and govern the operations of the army and other security bodies, the Geneva convention and improve first aid exercise to their medical personnel.
Head of ICRC in Plateau State, Karl Heinz Moder said at the one-day training that the activities and operations of OPSH are based on the Nigeria laws and international law and the exercise was to build the capacity of the officers on how to apply the laws in their operations.
Moder said that international humanitarian laws are guiding principle for the armed forces in their operations, knowing and respecting those laws provides more security for all including the arms bearers and the civil populace and also make life easy.
In his remark, the STF Commander, Major General Tagbo Ude, said that the training was apt because of the complex nature of their task.
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