The end came yesterday for another for the operators of a suspected baby factory in Ogun State. The Police rescued five children and three expectant teenagers in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The police also arrested the wife of the suspected operator.
Thousands of angry residents of Akinremi Estate in Adigbe, Abeokuta thronged the compound to catch a glimpse of the rescued victims. Many of them were surprised at the discovery of the factory in their neighbourhood.
A detachment of policemen from Adigbe Divisional Police Headquarters, had a hectic time containing the angry youths who protested by setting the building on fire.
Also torched were two vehicles; a Toyota Camry salon car marked (Lagos) EKY 942 AJ as well as a Mitsubishi salon car marked (Lagos) AGL 971 BH parked within the premises. It took the intervention of officials of the Ogun State Fire Service to put out the fire.
It was learnt that one of the expectant teenagers had escaped from the factory earlier taking refuge in a building located about 200 meters away, She pleaded with the occupants to save her from her captors.
The teenager, it was gathered, confided in her helpers that her sister sold her and her unborn baby to the operator of the facility at N100, 000. The residents informed the police before the raid was carried out.
The irate youths said to be students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic while searching the building discovered several fetish items, international e-passports and identity cards of Junior and Senior Secondary School pupils of Sacred Heart Catholic College, Oke -Ilewo suspected to have been abducted and killed by “ritualists”.
The Command’s Deputy Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident said two persons were rescued. Two others were arrested.
Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), gave the names of the rescued victims as Jennifer Goodluck, who is still nursing a two months’ old baby and another lady that is in advanced stage of pregnancy.
The Command’s Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye and Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi visited the scene to assess the situation. They pledged that the girls will be rehabilitated.