A maternity where newborn babies are sold to wealthy couples has been discovered in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The police in collaboration with local vigilantee group recently raided the storey building located in Oduke, a sparsely populated area of Okwe community in the metropolis.
Three pregnant women and a suspected member of the syndicate were apprehended during the raid.
The Delta State Police Command spokesman, DSP Charles Muka, who confirmed the arrest, did not give further details.
Muka said: “We have three pregnant women and an advanced woman in our custody, they are at the Area Command.”
He added that the matter was still under investigation.
Sources said that the racket had been going on for some years at the maternity (name withheld), which was formerly managed by a medical doctor, who was said to have died in a motor accident.
The new managers were said to have turned the facility into a haven of the illicit trade, disguising it as a maternity to cover their track from the prying eyes of the public.
It was gathered that unmarried but pregnant young ladies who had been jilted by their lovers found solace in the hands of the managers of the maternity who lured them with a promise of N50,000 after giving birth to the baby.
“The expectant mothers are closely monitored by the supervisors so that they will not escape from the custody. They give them (pregnant girls) daily meals and nurses come here to give them ante-natal care,” a source said.
“We were surprised that such a thing was going on here. We thought it was just a maternity where medical attention is given to pregnant women until the police came here last weekend to expose the illicit trade,” he added.