The Nigerian Police Force, Rivers State Command has uncovered an illegal orphanage suspected to be used as a child trafficking facility in Port Harcourt, the state capital. Men of the force raided Tender Life Foundation Initiative located in the Oyibo area of the state and rescued all the occupants, including babies and expectant mothers on Tuesday. Speaking to journalist while parading the rescued occupants, spokesman of the police command, Nnamdi Omoni, said 25 children and four expectant teenagers were rescued during the operation, and the operator was also apprehended. READ: Police Uncover Another Baby Factory In Lagos State “Today I am glad to inform you that operatives of the Eagle Crack in a covert operation yesterday (Tuesday) bust a child trafficking syndicate at Work in Port Harcourt where 25 babies between the ages of 1 and 2 years and four pregnant teenagers were recovered. “The babies and the pregnant teenagers who are frail and malnourished are currently receiving medical attention at the police clinic while investigation is still ongoing.” Speaking through her lawyer, Eunice Onyema Uchendu, operator of the facility, claimed that the outfit was genuine and that she does not operate a baby factory but a duly registered non-governmental organisation. She further said that the NGO works in collaboration with the Rivers State Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation. Corroborating the founder, an official, Onuche Richard, who was also arrested, equally claimed that the organisation is genuine. READ:Police Uncover Lagos Baby Factory, Rescue 19 Pregnant Girls (Video) “I was employed as a Programme Manager by the foundation. In the course of my interview the Executive Director (ED) here (pointing at the operator), told me that there are two projects they are running and that these two projects are being run in this building, one upstairs and one downstairs. “She said that my office where I will work as a programme manager is downstairs and that on no condition should I go upstairs. Since November 18th, 2019 I have not climbed upstairs,” he alleged.
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