NAPTIP Seals Up Allege Baby Factory in FCT

By Dele Ogbodo

The operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), have sealed up a controversial illegal maternity

and baby factory whose Chief Medical Director was arrested few weeks ago for allegedly swindling several women who were in dare need of babies.

In a statement signed my Mr. Adekoye Vincent, on behalf of James Emerole, the Spokesperson for the agency, said  the sealing up of Akuchi Herbal Concept, located around New Nyanyan, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was part of the ongoing investigation into the case.

Emerole, recalled that operatives of NAPTIP last week arrested a 38 year old herbalist, Mr. Chigozie John Emmanuel, A.K.A ‘Akuchi’, for allegedly deceiving women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people's babies to them having collected lots of money.

NAPTIP said Emmanuel was arrested after weeks of diligent surveillance by combined team of  Officers of the agency and those of the Department of State services (DSS).

The statement read: "His arrest was based on a previous arrest by the Nigerian Police, of a woman whom they saw with a baby in Abuja enroute Minna, Niger State. Based on their suspicion, they detained and questioned the woman on the identity of the baby she carried.

"She admitted to being a patient of Mr. Emmanuel, whom she said administered some herbs to her after years of infertility."

Items recovered from the facility, according to the statement, include local herbs which the suspect said he uses to stimulate ovulation for women, some soaked black-coloured leaves and concoction which he uses on his victims and other smelling substances.

It was discovered that contrary to his claim as displayed on the signpost, the Clinic was virtually empty thereby raising question on how the women were able to believe his claims.

The Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah- Donli, while speaking on the matter said: "Investigation is ongoing to clearly establish level of the unwholesome activities of the suspect. We are not leaving anything stone unturned in getting to the roots of crime.

"This is also in line with our determination to ensure that Nigerians are not exploited in anyway."

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