A 17-year-old boy named Noble Uzuchi has been detained by the Rivers State Police Command in Nigeria for impregnating 10 women.
According to the Rivers Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Grace Iringe-Koko, who disclosed the arrests, the four suspects operated in Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas of the state.
The syndicate according to the authorities, hired Uzuchi and 29-year-old Chigozie Ogbonna to pregnant the women through marathon sex.
Iringe-Koko stated that the suspects were apprehended after a tip-off, and that the 10 pregnant women had been rescued.
“On Saturday, January 7, 2023, around 4.45pm, while acting on credible intelligence available to the Rivers State Police Command, C4I Intelligence Unit operatives raided two houses at Igwuruta and Omagwa communities respectively, where victims of child trafficking were being kept. “The victims rescued in the operation are 10, most of them pregnant..” the police spokesperson said in a statement.
Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, said that based on investigations, the syndicate leader kept the victim’s baby after she gave birth and paid her N500,000; adding that some of the kids who had previously been born in the residences had been sold.
She said, “All the victims confessed that they were lured to the illicit sales of children because of the need to meet some financial challenges. A Honda Pilot Jeep, white, was recovered from the syndicate leader.”
The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department and efforts are being intensified to track and arrest the buyers of the children already sold out.
“We will not rest until all those involved in this heinous act are brought to justice and held accountable for their actions,” Iringe-Koko added.