Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) serving in Imo State Command have uncovered a church used as a baby factory in the state.
This is just as men of the command have arrested the operators of the factory who are currently cooling their heels in the cells of the command’s headquarters in Owerri, the state capital.
A statement released by the spokesman of the command, CSP Michale Abattam stated “That on September 9, the state command’s tactical unit received an intelligence report that one Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku, 18, of Umudurualaoka Uba Ifakala Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, who was earlier reported missing on 23/5/2021, by her parents was sighted in the premises of a church located in an isolated area along MCC/Uratta road in Owerri North LGA of Imo State.”
Abattam said upon receiving the information, the Commissioner, Rabiu Hussaini dispatched men of the command’s Anti kidnapping unit to storm the premises where the nefarious activities were taking place.
He identified the church as JESUS LIFE ASSEMBLY ” located at School Garden, Uratta in Owerri North LGA of Imo State.
According to him, the prime suspect who is a resident Evangelist of the church, Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe, 47, was arrested alongside her gang members.
Others arrested include, Chidi Orisakwe (34), Pauline Nwagbunwanne (42), Elizabeth Uzoma (61) and Chibueze Joy (31).
The spokesperson said the victim, Miss Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku was rescued unhurt with five months old pregnancy and was immediately taken to a government hospital for treatment.
He added that, she was later reunited with her parents amidst jubilation.
”On interrogation, Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe confessed to have been using the church as a place where young girls are kept, impregnated and after delivery, the girls are paid off and their babies sold to rich and childless clients .
Meanwhile, investigation is on going and efforts are on to arrest other members of the syndicate who are on the run.” Abattam added