…As five children escape from Stella Obasanjo Motherless Children’s home
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have uncovered a suspected baby factory in Mowe located in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.
This report came even as the state government was still locked in the puzzle of solving the ‘mysterious’ disappearance of five children from the state-owned Stella Obasanjo Motherless Children’s home, located within Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, briefing the media about the alleged baby factory, he said the baby factory was located on Lagos Street, Adesan in Mowe, and the police swooped on it on November 27, 2020.
He revealed that the police had acted on complaints from concerned residents of the area who informed law enforcement officers at Mowe Divisional headquarters.
He said they had told the police that a particular building located in their area was strongly suspected to be a baby making factory.
Oyeyemi added that they explained that they observed that most of the women seen there were always with pregnant and whenever they delivered, they hardly saw them with babies.
“They stated further that from their observation, the babies are being sold,” he stated.
Oyeyemi said on the strength of the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Mowe, Marvis Jayeola led his men to the area,where a man who was strongly suspected to be working for the operator of the home was arrested with four women and four children.
He said, “One of the women is heavily pregnant while one of them is said to have just delivered a baby which has been sold as usual.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the home is strongly linked to one Mrs Florence Ogbonna, a notorious baby factory operator who had earlier been arrested for similar offence and had her case pending in court.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo has ordered a massive manhunt for the suspect, Florence Ogbonna.
He also ordered the case be transfer to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour unit of the State Criminal investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
Concerning the missing children at the Stella Obasanjo Motherless Children’s Home in Abeokuta, the state Commissioner for Information, Abdulwaheed Odusile, made this disclosure on Tuesday in a statement.
He disclosed that the government’s attention was drawn to an incident concerning five children, who allegedly escaped from the home.
He said it had become necessary to clear the air on the incident and it had reported it to the police on Friday after it was discovered that the children got missing the previous night.
He said the incident remained a puzzle to the government as the children did not have free access to go out of the premises.
He stated further that there was no thoroughfare on the premises, for such easy escape.
Odusile who said the inmates were strictly monitored and it was shocking that they found their way out of the premises, added that steps were being taken to bring them back.
Odusile had said in the statement, “As such, the state government has taken steps to bring them back into the home as the matter was promptly reported to the police and all those on duty on the night of the incident were promptly queried.
“The state government is on top of the situation as the department in charge of the home has reported the matter to the police.
“The government has also sent signals to all required quarters in order to establish the truth behind the saga.
“We are very much in touch with all the agencies of government concerned. We are conducting our own investigation to establish the facts. We want the public to be rest assured that we shall leave no stone unturned to unravel the truth.
“The authorities concerned were duly notified and the police were informed. We did not just report the case to the police; we went a step further to issue queries to everyone on duty that night. If need be, we will set up a panel to further look into the matter, but we want the police to continue their investigation before we take any further step.
“Ogun State is a no-go area for criminal minded individuals. If it is established that some of our staff members were involved in any shady deal, they will be promptly brought to justice. We live in a society where we allow the law to take its due course.”