A syndicate which specializes in luring pregnant teenage girls eager to deliver their babies under cover and thereafter selling the newborns to ritualists and childless couples has been smashed in Asaba, Delta State capital.
Already, a middle-aged woman (names withheld) who hails from one of the eastern states of the country alleged to be running an illegal maternity centre at a camp in Oduke, in the outskirts of the town, has been arrested, while a nurse and a medical doctor attached to the home are presently on the run.
Police have intensified manhunt for the runaway medical doctor and nurse involved in the deal.
It was also gathered that upon delivery of such babies depending on the sex of the child, they are sold for between N400,000 and N500,000 each.
Police sources confirmed the story, saying the suspect would be arraigned in court.
Thunder kills 2 traders, 3 goats in Asaba market
Also two traders and no fewer than three goats were struck dead by thunder at Niger Bridge Head market in Asaba, weekend.
The incident which took place on Friday evening threw the market into pandemonium as traders and buyers ran for dear lives following the deafening thunder accompanied by lighting.
Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of the police station by the Bridge Head, Mr. Ngozi Ezeabata, confirmed the death of the traders.