Baby Factory: Lagos Police Wants More Scrutiny
By Dipo Omoware
The Lagos Police Command says it is time authorities of states outside of Lagos do something to stop the influx of girls brought to Lagos for baby factories. This comes after another baby factory was discovered in the Isolo area of Lagos
Spokesperson for the Police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, said the factory was uncovered after about seven pregnant ladies escaped from the facility where they were kept on Monday night.
Speaking in an interview with Nigeria Info correspondent Ijeoma Esek, Bala disclosed that the girls has been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
“Honestly, we need to shift focus to the states where these girls are coming from. If you look at all the recovery we did, there are girls from particular states in Nigeria; about 5 states, none of them is even from Lagos.”
“I think it is high time also for authorities in those states to look inwards, what is really happening to girls from those particular states. A lot of these girls don’t even know their way in Lagos, they just brought them under the guise of help, the girls they believe there is help available for them here in Lagos.”
The Police Public Relations Officer advised parents to be cautious when anyone approached them in the guise of helping their wards.
“I think parents should be careful of people who will come and say give me your child, I will sponsor his education or I will get your child a job, so they will have money to send to you.”
“Parents should be careful especially with their female children because they could be forced into prostitution. They could also be used for rituals.”
Bala lamented that it is unfortunate that this incident is coming a few days after the police rescued 19 pregnant ladies from a home in the Ikotun area of the state.
Additional report by Ijeoma Esek.