A pastor on the Divine Yard Deliverance Ministry in Iyana Iyesi, Ota, Ogun State, Peace Udoh, has been arrested by the police for allegedly working a child manufacturing facility within the church.
The forty seven-yr-outdated was mentioned to have bought sixty four infants earlier than she was arrested on Sunday by operatives from the Lagos State Police Command who acted on a tip-off.
Udoh was apprehended with one Angela Akpan and a nurse, Mrs. Bukola Ajala, who reportedly assisted in childbirth at Udoh’s church.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the pastor normally referred difficult circumstances to the nurse, whose clinic – El Shaddai Hospital – is positioned just a few metres away from the church.
Our correspondent gathered that Angela’s youthful sister, 17-yr-outdated Goodnews Akpan, just lately gave delivery to a baby on the clinic.
Angela, who was arrested on Saturday within the Sango space, was stated to have led police operatives on Sunday to Udoh’s church and Ajala’s clinic, the place they had been picked up respectively.
Whereas parading the suspects on Monday on the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, stated detectives swooped on the syndicate after receiving intelligence report that Udoh wanted a purchaser for Goodnews’ child.
“The suspects run a child manufacturing unit within the Sango Ota space. We’re nonetheless working to get sixty four different youngsters she has offered out,” the CP added.
Nevertheless, the pastor, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, refuted the allegation, saying she used the church as a maternity house to help her pregnant church members for a token.
She mentioned, “I’ve been a pastor for thirteen years. I solely assisted my church members throughout childbirth. I take supply of thirteen to fifteen infants yearly and I’ve dealt with over 60 circumstances up to now. I don’t promote the infants.
“Each time I’ve an advanced case, I refer the affected person to the nurse and we share the cash she collects for the service. Angela introduced her sister to me in July. She gave delivery on November sixteen on the nurse’s clinic and he or she was discharged. I used to be stunned when the police got here to arrest me yesterday (Sunday).”
Ajala, the nurse, mentioned she collected between N15,000 and N17,000 for every youngster supply, including that she didn’t know something about promoting of infants.
The third suspect, Angela, mentioned, “I’m from Abak in Akwa Ibom. I took my sister from our village to the pastor when her being pregnant was 4 months. She was there till she gave beginning in November and I paid N17,000. I didn’t intend to promote her youngster and I’ve by no means offered any baby earlier than.”
Goodnews, a secondary college dropout, advised our correspondent that she was not conscious of the plan to promote her child. She stated she adopted Angela to Lagos to keep away from being ridiculed within the village.
“I obtained pregnant within the faculty however none of my boyfriends was keen to take the accountability for the being pregnant.
“My mom wouldn’t permit me keep together with her so I made a decision to comply with my sister to Lagos,” she added.=================================== ***CONNECT WITH US***
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