In a commendable rescue operation, three girls suspected to be victims of human trafficking were liberated from a baby factory located in Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State. The successful mission was executed by diligent operatives of the Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG), under the capable leadership of Chairman Prince Neville Uchendu.
The rescued individuals have been identified as Thabita Okoli (14), hailing from Arondizuogu, Imo State; ThankGod Blessing (20), a native of Bayelsa State; and Chineye Mathew (19) from Ihite, Orumba South, Anambra State.
The alleged mastermind behind this disturbing operation, Oruchukwu Okoroafor, originally from Arondizogu, has been apprehended and subsequently turned over to the police for further investigation.
During the course of the investigation, Okoroafor confessed to having engaged in this criminal enterprise for a period of two years. He revealed that the victims, all of whom were pregnant, were being exploited for profit. Reportedly, prospective buyers had pledged substantial sums of N300,000 for each unborn child.
However, one of the pregnant women clarified, “The man is not responsible for our pregnancy. He only offered to shelter us at his house pending when we put to bed. He also promised to get a job for us and give each of us the sum of N300,000 once we give birth, which we gladly accepted.”
Chairman Prince Uchendu shared that his team had dedicated three months to this extensive investigation, ultimately dismantling the alleged syndicate. He then presented the suspect to the state Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Hon. Ify Obinabo, knowing that she would take immediate action.
Hon. Obinabo expressed her elation at the investigation’s outcome and urged others to emulate the Orumba South Chairman in their efforts to rid the state of criminal elements. She assured the public that the suspect would face the full consequences of his crimes.
Efforts to reach the Anambra State Police Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, for further comments were unsuccessful at the time of reporting.