The Osun State government has sealed off a facility in Ile-Ife, where women are allegedly impregnated and their babies sold off by the operators.
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It was learnt that the baby facility, where an undergraduate was among the women rescued, operated under the guise of an orphanage.
About 47 children were evacuated from the facility.
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Olubukola Olaboopo, the state commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, in company of other officials of the ministry and security operatives, sealed off the facility identified as Oroyemi Elizabeth Covenant Home and Care Centre.
Olaboopo revealed that the state government received reports on the operations of the facility over a period of three to four years, suggesting that there were some illegal activities.
She said despite warnings by the state government, the owner continued to breach the Child Right Laws.
“We have gotten several reports over a period of 3-4 years, reporting how the children in Oroyemi Elizabeth Covenant Home and Care Centre are malnourished and the environment have been very dirty and how some illegal activities have been going on more or less like a baby factory and many more allegations,” she said.
“We rescued 47 children; 10-15 adults girls are there. Those with physical disabilities,among whom is an undergraduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, were among those that were rescued. Most of them were crying, they refused to follow us but we were able to take three of them.
“As at this (yesterday) morning, the matron who is taking care of those adults just told me that it seems two of them are breastfeeding. When we interrogated them, they said they have never given birth to a child. So it means that we want to know who got them pregnant when they are not married.
“How come they are pregnant? So there are so many things underneath and the state government is still investigating.”