The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has sealed an illegal maternity home at New Nyanya, along the Abuja-Nasarawa road.
Mr Josiah Emerole, acting Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, NAPTIP, who confirmed the development, said the shutdown followed the arrest of the hospital’s Chief Medical Director.
Emerole said the CMD of the alleged baby factory was arrested a few weeks ago for swindling several women who were in dare need of babies.
He explained that the suspect, who is from Enugu State, was arrested after weeks of diligent surveillance by combined team of Officers of the agency and those of the Department of State Services.
The spokesman said that the latest operation was coordinated by the Director, Investigation and Monitoring Department, Mr Greg Esele on the directive of the Director – General, Ms Julie Okah-Donli.
He said the agency recovered local herbs used by the suspect to stimulate ovulation for women, some soaked black coloured leaves and concoction, among others.
Mr Emerole said Investigation is ongoing to clearly establish level of the unwholesome activities of the suspect and we are not leaving any stone unturned in getting to the roots of the crime.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the operatives of NAPTIP last week arrested a 38-year-old herbalist for allegedly deceiving women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people’s babies to them.