The Nigeria Immigration Service, Oyo State Command, has uncovered a ‘baby factory’ supposedly owned by one Mrs Stella, on Block B, House 8, Adebayo Oke Street, Sharp Corner, Oluyole area of Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

Two victims, which include a pregnant lady, were saved and three accomplices arrested at the factory.

The Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service, Oyo State Command, Saleh Abdullahi, said that the Zone F of the command discovered the ‘baby factory’.

With respect to him, the supposed operator of the factory, Stella, is now at large.

Abdullahi said the place was uncovered in the process of rescuing a 16-year-old girl, Mary Yawa, from one Mrs Kehinde Omotoso of the Awolowo Bashorun area of Ibadan on 28 January, 2019.

The victim, Mary Yawa, was said to have earlier delivered a baby in the premises on August 28, 2018.

Abdullahi stated, “In the process of investigation, Yawa, a Togolese, revealed that she was impregnated by one Adewale when she served as a housemaid to one Alhaja from Saki.

“A few days to her delivery, the said Alhaja took her to Stella, who is not a nurse, and on whose premises she was delivered of a baby on August 22, 2018.

“After her delivery, precisely on August 27, 2018, the Alhaja from Saki came to the house with an Igbo woman and took her child away, while Mary Yawa was given to Omotoso in whose custody she was rescued.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service visited Stella’s house but did not meet her. Officers met a 25-year-old girl, Odunayo Abiodun, who claimed to be Stella’s area sister, and another 21-year-old pregnant lady, Esther Hadji.”

The comptroller said the heavily pregnant Hadji, a Togolese, claimed that she was brought to Stella’s ‘baby factory’ by her brother, Kodjo.

Abdullahi said the immigration and the police had been on a manhunt for Stella and the Alhaja from Saki.

With respect to him, Stella’s house was met under lock and key.

He promised that Stella and the Alhaja will soon be arrested and prosecuted.

The two victims and three accomplices were later handed over to the representatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in the presence of reporters.

Yawa told journalists that the Alhaja lied to her that the baby had been given to Adewale’s mother.

She, however, said she did not know the whereabouts of her baby and the said Adewale.

Hadji, on her part, stated that Stella told her brother, Kodjo, that she will help in taking care of the baby whenever she gave birth.

She said Stella later told her after four days of living with her that the baby will be collected from her and given to the mother of the person who impregnated her.

“I knew she was lying and I told her I would think about it,” Hadji stated.

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