A 47-year-old woman Peace Udoh has been arrested by the police for allegedly running a baby factory in a church. The church, Divine Yard Ministry where she is a pastor is located at Iyana Iyesi, Ota, Ogun state.
The Pastor was said to have sold 64 babies before she was arrested on Sunday by operatives from the Lagos State Police Command who acted on a tip-off, Punch reports.
She was arrested alongside two other women, Angela Akpan and Bukola Ajala, a nurse who had been assisting at Udoh with child delivery
The pastor referred complications to the nurse, whose clinic El Shaddai Hospital, is located few meters away from the church.
It was reported that Angela’s younger sister, Goodnews Akpan a 17-year-old, had just given birth to a child at the clinic.
However the pastor, who hails from Akwa Ibom state, denied the allegations made against her and said she only helped in the delivery of babies and had never sold the babies. The two other suspects also denied knowing anything about the selling of babies.
She said, “I have been a pastor for 13 years. I only assisted my church members during childbirth. I take delivery of 13 to 15 babies every year and I have handled over 60 cases so far. I don’t sell the babies.
“Whenever I have a complicated case, I refer the patient to the nurse and we share the money she collects for the service. Angela brought her sister to me in July. She gave birth on November 16 at the nurse’s clinic and she was discharged. I was surprised when the police came to arrest me yesterday (Sunday).”
Goodnews who recently had a baby there dropped out of school as a result of her pregnancy and moved to Lagos with her sister to avoid shaming in her village.
“I got pregnant in the school but none of my boyfriends was willing to take the responsibility for the pregnancy. My mother would not allow me stay with her so I decided to follow my sister to Lagos,” she added.
While parading the suspects on Monday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said detectives swooped on the syndicate after receiving intelligence report that Udoh needed a buyer for Goodnews’ baby.
“The suspects run a baby factory in the Sango Ota area. We are still working to get 64 other children she has sold out,” the CP added.
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