Akudo Azoroh, the woman apprehended in Rivers State for allegedly operating a baby factory, has confessed to the police that she sells the infants for prices ranging from N1.4 to N1.5 million, depending on their gender.
Previously, it was reported by LIB that law enforcement agents conducted a raid on a child trafficking/ baby factory center in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state. During the operation, six young pregnant women were rescued. These women, aged between 20 and 23, were being housed with the intention of trading their newborns.
During his inaugural press briefing in Port Harcourt on May 31, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Polycarp Nwonyi, revealed that Azoroh, the operator of the child trafficking center, was arrested along with her accomplice during the raid.
Although the suspect acknowledged her involvement in the illegal enterprise, she claimed that she only gave the babies to families who were unable to have children of their own, rather than engaging in rituals.
Mrs. Azoroh stated that the young women were already pregnant when they approached her, and she paid them between N800,000 and N900,000, depending on the stage of their pregnancy and the gender of the child they delivered.
“I have previously facilitated the adoption of six children; I started this business three years ago. The girls who came to me were already pregnant; they approached me voluntarily,” she explained.
She emphasized that the babies were exclusively handed over to families without children, reiterating that she did not deal with ritualists. The price for the infants ranged from N1.4 million to N1.5 million, while the mothers were compensated based on the stage of their pregnancy at the time they sought assistance.