Help has finally come the way of the 24 pregnant teenage girls who were rescued from child traffickers in Umuaka, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, as the state governor, Rochas Okorocha has donated the sum of N10 million for their upkeep and maternity care.
While addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, the governor described the incident as “a sad and unfortunate one which is totally unacceptable by the Imo State government”.
He advised parents “to monitor their children especially the female ones when they are still in secondary schools” since, according to him, investigations revealed that all the girls got pregnant in the course of their studies and were confused on what to do until they fell into the hands of the child traffickers.
The governor further disclosed that the state government has adopted all the girls and will take cater for them until they are delivered of their babies.
Meanwhile the governor has directed that the police should do everything possible to arrest the woman nick named “Madam One Thousand”, who is alleged to be behind the business.
He also directed that the illegal maternity and motherless babies homes be brought down with immediate effect.
The Imo state police command has uncovered an illegal motherless baby’s home where about 17 pregnant teenage girls are held hostage for the purpose of child making and trafficking in Imo state, south-east Nigeria.
The locked-up girls are impregnated and after delivery, their children are taken away from them for fee and they (the girls) are returned back into the disguised house for another cycle of breeding.
The orphanage, known as `Ahamefula Motherless Babies Home,’ is located in Umuaka, Njaba Local Government Area and was run by a woman identified as ‘Madam One Thousand.’
Parading the teenage girls, the state police commissioner, Mr Mohammed Katsina, said the house where the girls were kept was disguised as a motherless baby’s home, as well as a sachet water (pure water) manufacturing factory.
According to the police boss the girls with age range from 15 to 25 were impregnated by two men who were also arrested.
He said that the building in which the women were accommodated was also used as a sachet water producing company to deceive the public.
Briefing journalists on the discovering, the Commissioner of Police in Abia state, Usman Tlli Abubakar disclosed that one Odinakachi Samuel from Ovurungwu Village, Isiala Ngwa South local government area, who delivered a baby girl connived with the nurse Monica Benjamin to sell her baby for N150,000.