The Abia State Police Command has paraded two nurses and four pregnant inmates , one of them with a two year old baby, rescued during a raid at a hospital allegedly used as baby factory.
Parading the suspects in Umuahia, the Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna , said police were still on the trail of the Medical Director of the private hospital located at Ihie Umudem Isuochi in Umunneochi council of the state who fled during the raid.
According to him, the fleeing doctor ( names withheld ) and the nurses were using the hospital as shelter for young women with unwanted pregnancy only to buy off the babies upon delivery and in turn sell them to willing buyers .
He gave the name of one of the inmates with a little baby as Sopuruchi from Eneka in Port Harcourt , Rivers State, explaining that efforts were on to re- unite the inmates who he added were all non Abians with their family members.
Police warned dubious medical practitioners and charity homes in the state who use their facilities as baby factories to desist from the wicked act or face the wrath of the law.
The police also paraded some suspected kidnappers and robbers arrested at different parts of the state, disclosing that constant weekly raid of suspected criminal hide- outs in the state had led to the arrest of over 150 suspects since August.
According to the PPRO, about 50 had been arraigned in court while those arrested with drug- related offenses were referred to the Enugu zonal office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
The Police Spokesman said that the officers and men of the command had adopted several proactive measures and strategies to curb criminal activities in the state as the Christmas and New Year festivities approach.
He said that police had rescued unhurt, one kidnap victim, Ugo Charles Ajieke of Power Line in Obingwa council of the state who was abducted last week in front of the gate to his compound.
Police restated their preparedness to rid Abia of criminal elements and provide maximum security for all residents , while soliciting useful information on the whereabouts of hoodlums in the state.