The Anambra Police Command has rescued four pregnant girls in a baby factory in the State.
According to Haruna Mohammed, the state Police Public Relations Officer, the four girls were from Ebonyi state.
He said the girls were kept in a brothel in Nnewi by one Gladys Ikegwuonu, now at large, for the purpose of making babies for sale.
The PPRO said, “It would be recalled that there was a report at the Area Command Headquarters, Nnewi, that a four-year-old child of St Joseph’s School, Otolo Nnewi, was returning home from school in the company of his siblings when two men on a motorcycle grabbed the child and zoomed off with him.
“The child was rescued by some commercial motorcyclists who pursued and eventually arrested the suspects at Akamili Community, Nnewi.
“primary investigations by the police disclosed that the suspects who were beaten to stupor by an angry mob (one of whom was confirmed dead), were sent by one Gladys Nworie Ikegwuonu, presently at large, who also operates a baby factory and a brothel by keeping young girls and getting them impregnated after which she sells the children to her waiting customers.
Mohammed said two suspects, Abuchi Ani, 32, of Ohazora, Ebonyi State, and Emeka Ikegwuonu, 49, of Akabukwu, Nnewi, Anambra State, had been arrested in that respect.
He added, “Four pregnant young girls were rescued as follows: Chisom Okoye, 20, of Mgbaneze Isu, Onicha LGA; Chinecherem Clement, 18, of Agbaebo Isu of Onicha LGA; Blessing Ogbonna, 21 of Nkwagu Isu of Onicha LGA; Blessing Njoku, 21, of Mgbaneze Isu of Onicha LGA, all of Ebonyi State, but residing at Cool Joint bar Nnewi.”
The PPRO said the Command was increasing efforts to arrest the principal suspect, one Gladys Nworie Ikegwuonu, of Ohaozora, Ebonyi State, in order to bring her and other of her associates to Justice.