Borno state Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu yesterday said a baby factory where young ladies with unwanted pregnancies are being attracted and their babies sold after delivery has been discovered.
Barrister Shehu disclosed this to newsmen, saying the baby factory was uncovered at the popular Galadima brothel in Maiduguri metropolis, following a tip-off by members of the civilian JTF.
“On Sept. 12, 2016, we got an intelligence report by our civilian JTF in Gwange area and we mandated them to arrest a woman who delivered a baby boy but returned home without the baby. A raid was conducted on the suspected hide-out, with two babies rescued”.
“Similarly, four ladies, some persons who are suspected to be sponsors were apprehended for allegedly conspiring to perpetrate the notorious crime”, the commissioner declared.
He explained that the suspects were initially held at Gwange police outpost, but due to the nature of the case, were later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
He blamed the heinous on the failure of some parents to monitor the movement of their daughters after the return of relative peace in Maidugui.
“After the restoration of relative peace in state capital and its environs, series of social vices, such as drug abuse, lawlessness and prostitution, which hitherto vanished following the insecurity, started re-emerging due to poor parental care”, the commissioner further queried.
The commissioner also announced that the Borno State government has banned the operation of brothels and alcohol parlours in the state, as part of measures to prevent attacks by campainers. He said that the sale of alcohol would now only be allowed in military barracks.
Also banned are illegal motor parks as well chemical and patent medicine stores. Similarly, the operation of tricycles and unregistered vehicles for commuter services was banned. Shehu said the ban order was approved at a Security Council meeting.