Police Uncover Another Baby Factory In Lagos

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The Police have uncovered another baby factory in the Isolo area of Lagos State.

The State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the factory was uncovered after about seven pregnant ladies escaped from there on Monday night.

According to Elkana, five of the girls hail from Imo State, one is from Abia, while the other is from Rivers State.

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This comes just days after the force rescued 19 pregnant in the Ikotun area of the state.

Details later…

Police Uncover Lagos Baby Factory, Rescue 19 Pregnant Girls

The Lagos State Police Command has uncovered a baby factory from a detention camp in the Ikotun area of the state.

The police also rescued 19 pregnant girls and a day-old-baby.

The victims, some of whom are between ages thirteen and twenty eight, were allegedly lured to Lagos with promises of jobs.

One of the victims, Hope Bright from Rivers State who narrated her ordeal said her two-year-old child whom she came with from the village was snatched from her.

“As I reached there, the woman checked me. Suddenly, my stomach started kicking me. From there, they said that I will born.

“They took me to the hospital, God helped me I delivered that child, but the baby died,” she said.

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When asked where the baby is, Bright who broke down in tears said: “They collected the baby from me, i did not see that child again.”

Some of the suspects arrested in connection with the baby factory uncovered by the Lagos State Police Command in Ikotun area of the state.

Channels Television gathered that the arrest was made after several weeks of monitoring and information gathering by the Police.

Among the suspects arrested are the care givers, nurse to the syndicate and the hotel operators where the leader of the gang lodges the victims awaiting child delivery.

Briefing Channels Television, one of the suspects and the hotel operator said: “At the spot, madam searched my hotel and discovered four women with pregnancy and one baby.”

Giving Birth In Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘Baby Factory’

 

 

The mother was admitted at 9:30 am, the birth recorded at 9:35. Women often arrive in extremis at the Doctors Without Borders maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily.

The early hours of the morning are the most feverish for the hospital — affectionately known by the NGO as “the baby factory” — just a stone’s throw from Pakistan’s tribal areas, in Khost province.

The Taliban are active in the region and roads are often dangerous after dark, so when 25-year-old Asmad Fahri felt her contractions begin at night she knew she would have to wait until daybreak to begin the three-hour journey to the hospital.

Finally, she is resting, her infant tightly swaddled and asleep between her knees.

On average new mothers are kept in the ward for six hours, but she has asked to leave after just three, to ensure she reaches home before darkness falls again.

Sometimes the mothers have to travel for days, in pain and bleeding, over unpaved, insecure roads in carts or by whatever mode of transportation they can find.

In an opposite wing, the delivery tables continuously welcome newcomers.

Most only have time to lift the long layers of clothing hiding their bodies and wedge their coloured veils between their teeth, too rushed even to change into MSF’s standard red pyjamas.

The Khost Maternity Hospital (KMH) opened at the end of 2012 in a medical desert in the conflict-riven country with one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world.

It was an overnight success, with nearly 12,000 deliveries in its first full year in 2013.

By 2017 that figure had nearly doubled, to 23,000.

This year the hospital is on track to deliver 24,000 babies, says Dr. Rasha Khoury, a Palestinian gynecologist who is a medical officer at the site.

If so that puts it within crying distance of the busiest maternity wards in the United States, where the Northside Hospital in Atlanta delivered 27,000 babies in 2016, the highest number in the country that year.

“Here we are saving lives for free,” smiles Safia Khan, 24, the assistant manager of the midwifery team.

Behind her, a young mother of twins searches her skirts and hands her a folded banknote. It is a traditional gesture of gratitude after delivery, at times required in some hospitals but politely declined here. “It’s forbidden,” insists Khan.

In this photo taken on August 7, 2018, an Afghan woman swaddles a newborn baby at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) maternity hospital in Khost province, known by the NGO as “the baby factory” — just a stone’s throw from the tribal areas in Pakistan’s Khost province. ANNE CHAON / AFP

More deadly than war

The UN and the World Bank put maternal mortality at around 396 deaths per 100,000 live births in Afghanistan.

But the figure is disputed, with experts pointing out it is an improbable fall from the 1,600 per 100,000 recorded in 2002.

Such a decline would mean Afghanistan would have reached its Millennium Development Goal set by the UN some five years early, a study published in the medical journal the Lancet noted in 2017.

The authors of that study say more credible figures released by the Afghan government in partnership with USAID suggest maternal mortality could still be as high as 1,291 per 100,000 — meaning that giving birth is around five times more deadly for Afghan women than the conflict itself.

If so, it is a staggering figure 17 years after the fall of the Taliban regime, despite billions of dollars in international aid, in a country with one of the youngest, fastest-growing populations in the world.

Dr Khoury says that MSF facilitates around 40 percent of the births in Khost, which has an estimated 1.5 million inhabitants.

But to make a real dent in the mortality rates in the face of these challenges they would need “three hospitals like MSF”, she says.

In this photo taken on August 8, 2018, Afghan women are assisted during labour at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) maternity hospital in Khost. Women one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily. ANNE CHAON / AFP

Pashtunwali

On top of war, poverty, and a galloping population, the medical staff faces a further obstacle: the Pashtunwali, the patriarchal social code of honour that dictates life in the conservative Pashtun tribal region where Khost lies.

Under the Pashtunwali the genders must be segregated, and a woman must never show her face to a stranger.

As such, medical staff at the hospital are exclusively female, with the exception of some anesthetists and the director of the neonatology department.

Even so, a little persuasion has at times been necessary, says Salamat Khan Mandozai, a respected local figure who deals with security for the hospital and has also acted as a community liaison.

“In this rural environment, some women still prefer to give birth at home,” he notes.

Going to hospital embarrasses them, agrees Safia Khan — birth is a private matter.

Dr Khoury says the hospital is aware that many women are not coming to them but adds that the families who do come do so “without hesitation”.

For many, she adds, obstacles are not about culture, but finances — namely, paying for transportation — or safety and security, especially at night.

Women must also wait until a man of the family is available to accompany them, she says.

But once inside the hospital power returns to the mothers-in-law who escort the patients until they reach the doors of the delivery room.

“We are really reaching people at the margin of the society in Afghanistan,” says Dr. Khoury.

“It’s a success story.”

AFP

Police Arrest Suspected Baby Factory Syndicates In Delta

Police, Police have raided a baby factory and arrested at least six pregnant women who are allegedly planning to sell their newborn babies after delivery in Delta State.

The police said the arrest was made in Okwe community, Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state in Nigeria’s South-south region.

They revealed that a victim, Blessing Aondoseer, had reported that her husband allegedly connived with some people to take away her two weeks old baby.

The suspected baby factory syndicates were paraded on Saturday at the Police Headquarters in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

The spokesman for the Command, Celestina Kalu, said the police recorded another breakthrough when they apprehended a 74-year-old man reported to have defiled a 14-year-old girl.

The police mouthpiece said investigation was ongoing to apprehend other members of the syndicate who were at large.

He noted that the rising incidences of baby factories had added to Nigeria’s human rights issues.

Mr Kalu, however, said that the Nigeria Police was committed to ensuring that issues of child abuse and trafficking became a thing of the past.

While some of the suspects spoke about their involvement in the crime, Aondoseer claimed that her baby was taken away by her husband after delivery.

House Of Reps Passes Bill To Check Human Trafficking

Human TraffickingThe House of Representatives has passed through the second reading, a bill seeking to end trafficking in persons and sale of new born babies.

The bill, if passed to law, would end harbouring of pregnant persons under the age of 18 years as well as selling or attempting to sell new-born babies in the country.

Eddie Mbadiwe, who is sponsoring the bill, described human trafficking as a serious crime which deserves to be punished by the law. To fight the menace, the lawmaker proposed a 10-year jail term for the offender.

The second legislative arm is, however, amending the Trafficking in Persons (prohibition) Law Enforcement Act 2004.

This is in a bid to check the growing cases of what has come to be known in some parts of the country as baby production factory where pregnant young ladies are kept and their newly born babies are sold off.

The bill was supported unanimously by lawmakers in the House. It has been referred to the Committee on Human Rights and Justice for further legislative work.

Community Policing; Solution To Rise In Baby Factories, Ritualist Den – Ogun Govt

Teenage mothersThe Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Samuel Aiyedogbon, has underscored the need for leaders of Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Nigeria to put in place community policing that would serve as neighbourhood watch. 

A statement signed by the Head of Media in the Ministry, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso, quoted the commissioner as saying “this move, if made, would go a long way in checking rising crime rates across the country, particularly baby-making factories and ritualist dens.

Mr Ayedogbon made this proposal in reaction to the recent recovery of a ritual den/baby factory uncovered at a residential estate in Adigbe, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, barely 2weeks after a similar discovery was made in Akute, Ifo Local Gvernment Area of the state.

He opined that “the issue was shocking and worrisome,” maintaining that efforts to combat such unwholesome development should be the concern of all and not that of Government alone.

“We all have major roles to play in securing our communities, our CDAs should live up to their expectations and should imbibe the idea of setting up neighbourhood watch within their communities to stem the ugly incidents of baby factories, ritual dens and other criminal activities. CDAs should be security cautious and report any suspicious moves in their various communities to security agencies”, Ayedogbon said.

The Commissioner pointed out that now, CDAs need to do more than embarking on self-help projects, but go a step further to collaborate with agencies to ensure all-round security of lives and property in their community, adding that “people will only be at peace to enjoy whatever amenities the CDA provides if they are sure of safety and protection at all times.”

He further advised landlords to be mindful and always ascertain the nature of businesses their tenants engage in before renting their buildings to them, urging  owners of uncompleted buildings to always ensure that the environment of such buildings are kept clean so as not to serve as hideouts for criminally minded people.

On the plans of his Ministry on the development, Ayedogbon affirmed that it would not fold its arms and watch the ugly trend continue, revealing that very soon, leaders of CDAs would be invited to a meeting to fashion out ways of collaborating with other relevant stakeholders towards establishing the neighborhood watch in their respective communities across the state.

Eight Pregnant Women Rescued From Baby Factory In Ogun State

Imo-Baby-factoryEight pregnant ladies including teenage girls have been rescued by the Ogun State police command at an alleged baby making factory located at number 9 Sebanjo Crescent, off Fabolude Busstop, Akute area of Ifo local government of Ogun State.

The police also arrested a middle aged man and a 26 year old woman running the factory.

While parading the suspects at the Ajuwon Divisional Police Headquarters, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, described the development as inhuman, insisting that the command would get to the root of the matter.

The suspects are expected to be transferred to the state criminal investigation department for through investigations.

The structure which housed the hostages appeared as residential building but the latest discovery by the police revealed that a baby making factory was domiciled in the house, where teenage girls were made to part with their babies after delivery and a token given.

The 26 year old woman, Angela Chigoeze, who claimed to be operating a divine herbal clinic, has been arrested as the one in charge of the illicit operation which sold babies for an alleged sum of 300,000 Naira (about 1,800 dollars).

“If they give birth, I will sell the child for 300,000. I sell it to women that cannot give birth,” she said.

The state’s Commissioner of Police said the arrest was made possible through information by some residents, adding that the police was on the trail of other accomplices.

Baby factory is gradually becoming a business in Nigeria, as there have been discovery of similar factories in the eastern part of Nigeria.

The discovery of a baby factory in Imo State in December 2013 led to the banning of all non-governmental organization operating under the platform of motherless babies’ home.

About 24 persons were also arrested in January at a Baby factory uncovered in Ilu-Titun, a town in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State by the Officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service in the state.

Meanwhile, four middle aged men have been gunned down and fatally wounded by the command in Sango area of the state while robbing  a Bureau De Change.

Items recovered from them included arms and ammunition and a Toyota Yaris vehicle with registration number EJ 440 ESD.

 

In December 2013, Police also uncovered a Baby Factory in Imo State.