A man and his wife have been arrested for allegedly running a baby factory that had been in operations for five years.
The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Godwin Eze, were reportedly arrested at the General Hospital in city by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, following a tip-off.
The Commissioner who made the disclosure, said the accused persons had been operating the factory from a shop within the premises of the hospital along Mary Slessor Avenue since 2011.
Asibong said the shop was secretly used for baby trafficking activities, adding that the suspects sold male and female children for N200,000 and N150,000 respectively and after the hospital management carried out series of investigations following the tip off, the couple were arrested.
“The suspects have been trafficking in persons for about five years. The husband had lived in the General Hospital, Calabar, doing this with his wife. There had been suspicion before now, but nobody was really sure.
He has a shop here. Normally, the authorities think they go home at night, but they do not. What happens is that he deceitfully locks his door from outside when he is inside and when you see the padlock, you think there is nobody there.
He has been having these pregnant girls come around for a long time and presently he has five of them at the same time."
"The woman brings them to the labour ward and when they want to deliver, she claims they are her husband’s sisters. But at some point when it became obvious she was lying, she started delivering the girls by herself in an unconducive environment in the hospital unknown to anyone.
The man admitted to the act. We found out that the man has been doing this for five years now. They sell a male child for N200,000 and the female for N150,000.”