Nurse arrested for helping pregnant girls sell their babies in Rivers

A nurse has been arrested in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State for facilitating the sales of babies delivered by pregnant girls in her custody

The woman identified as Kelechi Okamgba, 37, was accused of preying on these pregnant girls by housing them till delivery and facilitating the sale of their babies, Saturday Sun reports.

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According to investigations, Kelechi charges between N70,000 and N80,000 per baby sold to their clients. She was however arrested on March 19, by men of the Rumuolumeni Police Station in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Kingsley Chukwueggu, who stormed her ‘baby factory’.

At the end of the operation, which was carried out at 11am, five ladies, including four pregnant girls, were arrested. The pregnant girls were: Obianuju Nze (22), Chinemerum Orji (18), Josephine Chimena (33) and Chidinma Ndukwe (17).

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Punch reports that the accused in her confessional statement revealed that her job was to take care of the women in her house till they were due for delivery.

According to her, on agreement, the women after negotiating with the baby buyers, would pay her between N70, 000 and N80,000 to settle the bill for their accommodation, feeding and medical treatment.

In her words:

“The women, some of their boyfriends bring them. They (boyfriends) find and negotiate the baby buyer themselves. The buyer(s), at the delivery of the baby, will settle them. I, will then give them bill for feeding, accommodation and treatment. That is the reason they are under my care”.

Pointing at one of the pregnant women, the nurse said:

“Like this one, the female buyer they brought pumped her belly. She has already negotiated with the woman and her boyfriend and after everything, I will give them my bill. Sometimes, I collect N80, 000 or N70, 000 from them”, she confessed.

The suspect further revealed that some of the babies are being sold for as much as N350,000.

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