A 52-year-old woman, Esther Akunmadu has been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC, Imo State Command for allegedly operating a baby factory in the Umutueke community in Imo State.
Deputy Commandant of the NSCDC, Ade Micheal, while parading the suspect said she was arrested following a tip off from members of the community, a claim the suspect denied.
Michael said when they stormed the maternity home, which she opened about a year ago they arrested four women and two one-week old babies in the premises. The NSCDC boss alleged that the woman bribed his men with N100, 000 which they collected but presented before newsmen.
When interrogated, Akunmadu denied running a baby factory but admitted bribing the officials. She said the day the men came to raid her maternity home, she was about going to the market to buy biscuits and sweets which she also sells and that when she saw the seriousness of the NSCDC officials, she gave them the money so that they could leave her alone and not drag her into any trouble.
When interrogated, one of the young girls found at her supposed maternity home, said her mother actually brought her to Akunmadu for treatment until she delivers her baby but does not know if there was any other agreement between her mother and the accused woman as she had only stayed barely a week at the maternity home.