Female pastor arrested for allegedly selling 64 babies
A female who is alleged to be running a baby factory where she has sold off more than 64 babies have been arrested by the Lagos State Police.
Punch reports that Udoh, who is from Akwa Ibom State, is a pastor at the Divine Yard Deliverance Ministry in Iyana Iyesi, Ota, Ogun State, had been running a baby factory inside her church for many years until her arrest by the police on Sunday, December 18, 2016, following a tip-off.
Arrested alongside Udoh was a nurse who helped in the delivery of the babies,Bukola Ajala and a woman, Angela Akpan, who took her younger sister, Goodnews a 17-year-old girl, to Udoh’s factory where she put to bed and the baby sold off.
It was gathered that whenever Udoh had some complications during childbirth, she would refer the cases to Ajala who runs a clinic, El Shaddai Hospital, located a few metres away from the church.
Akpan was the first to be arrested after the police got intelligence reports that she was looking for a buyer for her teenage sister’s baby, and she led detectives to Udoh’s church and Ajala’s clinic, where they were picked up respectively.
While parading the suspects at the State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects had run a baby factory for many years using the church as a cover, till the bubble burst for them.
“The suspects run a baby factory in the Sango Ota area. We are still working to get 64 other children she has sold out,” CP Owoseni said.
However, Udoh who refuted the allegation said she used the church as a maternity home to assist her pregnant church members for a token.
“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 on Sunday.”
Ajala on her part said she collected between N15,000 and N17,000 for each child delivery, adding that she didn’t know anything about the selling of babies.
Angela, an indigene of Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, said:
“I am from Abak in Akwa Ibom. I took my sister from our village to the pastor when her pregnancy was four months.
She was there until she gave birth in November and I paid N17,000. I didn’t intend to sell her child and I have never sold any child before.”
The teenager, a secondary school dropout, said her boyfriend got her pregnant in school and had to come and stay with her sister in Lagos to avoid being ridiculed as the man responsible for her pregnancy had refused to take responsibility.
“I got pregnant in the school but none of my boyfriends was willing to take the responsibility for the pregnancy.
If I tell you that I knew the father of the baby, I am lying because I slept with many men and they were countless before I discovered that I was pregnant.
My mother would not allow me to stay with her so I decided to follow my sister to Lagos,” she said.
CP Owoseni, has, however, insisted that the suspects were involved in child trafficking and after investigations, they would be charged to court while the police would make sure the sold children are recovered.
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