The Lagos state government and a suspect arrested for allegedly running illegal baby factory have offered opposing claims. The government had accused the suspect, Regina Bankole – a Togolese-Nigerian by marriage – of running baby factory and claimed to have rescued three babies, two of whom were “extremely sick.
Agboola Dabiri, the state commissioner for Youth and Social Development, said the babies were rescued from Bankole’s place at Baboon Village, Ajele area of Ajah.
“Surveillance was carried out at the location, a shanty area off Mobil Road, Ajah area of Lekki. The assistance of the Area ‘J’ Police Command and the Ajah Police Station was sought and they deployed 20 police officers to assist with the mission.
“Adults (including the suspected perpetrator) were apprehended along with three babies, two of who were extremely sick,” he said.
However, the suspect denied running baby factory, as claimed. She claimed to have been a traditional birth attendant for about 30 years and said residents knew her as such.
She also claimed to have registered with the Eti-Osa Local Government as a traditional birth attendant and was preparing to take a course in traditional birth attendant.
She said one of the three babies recovered from her place was her child and that the other two belonged to someone else kept in her custody.