LAGOS: Nigerian police said yesterday that they had raided a home near Lagos where eight pregnant girls were staying with plans to sell each of their newborns for nearly $2,000.
“Following intelligence report, we discovered and stormed on Friday a baby factory in Akute district of Ogun state,” a police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said. In the home they found the suspected operator and eight pregnant girls, most of them under the age of 20, he said.
It is the latest discovery of a so-called ‘baby factory’ and the first known case in southwest Nigeria. The Guardian newspaper in Lagos published on its front page a picture of the eight girls, showing their protruding bellies.
“The girls confessed that each newborn child will be sold for 300,000 naira ($1,800/¤1,300),” Oyeyemi said, adding that the suspects will be charged in court with crimes at the end of the current investigations. Friday’s raid brings to about 125 the number of girls the police have rescued since 2011 in ‘baby factories’, most of which were located in southeastern states of the country.