A baby factory said to be operated by one Mrs. Nma Achumba, located near Umunkpeyi in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of the State, was yesterday raided by the Soldiers attached to the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Abia State.
During the raid, two babies (a boy and a girl) were equally rescued, also, a 34-year-old Chef, identified as Katherine Onyechi Ngwanma, was arrested in the operation, while the owner of the facility, who apparently got wind of the invasion, escaped arrest.
AbaCityBlog gathered that Mrs. Achumba, popularly known as Nmam operates the baby factory known as Nma Charity Home, located near the popular Umunkpeyi market on Old Umuahia-Aba road, under the guise of a charity home, which she registered with the Abia State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and has operated it for several years.
While yesterday’s raid was not the first time, It was also gathered that Nma Charity Home had severally been raided by security operatives from within and outside the state, and on each time the place was raided, several pregnant teenage girls were rescued, while the operator, Mrs. Achumba would escape arrest.
The last of such raids before yesterday’s operation was said to be in November 2019, when the Imo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, under the leadership of then police commissioner, Rabiu Ladodo, acting on a tip off, raided the home and rescued 14 pregnant teenage girls and four children.
One of the rescued teenagers, who gave her name as Amaka Godwin, 23, during the yesterday’s raid by the personnel of the 145 Battalion in Umuahia, the state capital, disclosed that she came into the home without her parent’s knowledge.
Speaking on the Nma Charity Centre, which has a signpost written “Approved by Abia State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development”, the Umunkpeyi Village Head, Mr Orih Jude, said they have been calling on the state government to sanitise its operations in line with the law.
The 14 Army Spokesman, Lt. Prince Innocent Omale, confirmed the raid to newsmen on phone. He said the soldiers acted on a tip off. Lt. Omale disclosed that the rescued pregnant teenage girls were handed over to the state government.
The army, in a statement, said items found in the place include; a Tiger generator, a stretcher, gas cylinder, a bag of rice, four cartons of tin tomatoes, five litres of vegetable oil, two bags of garri and soup ingredients.
Special Adviser to the Governor Alex Otti on Media, Ferdinand Ekeoma, equally confirmed that the teenage girls were in the custody of the state government. He said the girls were taken to a hospital in Umuahia, where they would be taken care by the state government.
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