Couple arrested for 'keeping pregnant women at home and creating baby factory' in Nigeria

Couple arrested for 'keeping pregnant women at home and creating baby factory' in Nigeria

The couple are accused of running a 'baby factory' (Stock image)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A couple have been arrested for allegedly running a "baby factory" by selling women's babies without their consent in Nigeria.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police has said Adeola and Rita Adebayo are accused of keeping young pregnant women in their house until they give birth.

Imohimi Egdal also said that when police entered the couple's home they found three pregnant women and rescued them, Vanguard reported.

He added: “They harbour young pregnant girls until they give birth and take their babies away. The information we got is that they sell their babies without the consent of the mothers.”

The woman has denied this and claims there was only one pregnant woman in her house and the father of the baby was her son, who is currently away. Other children in the house are her grandchildren, she claims.

She also claims the other women who claim they were kept in her house are not telling the truth, but one of them had come to her looking for work.

Adebayo has said her husband is currently having a dispute over land with another family and she believes the accusations were created by the Bekunimaba family.

But an alleged victim has claimed she went to the woman without knowing about the "baby factory" and did not negotiate any payment for her baby with the couple.