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Police Rescues 5 Babies, 3 Pregnant Women From Suspected Ritualists

The Police in Ogun said it had rescued five babies and three pregnant women from a baby-making factory in Adigbe area of Abeokuta.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said at a news conference in Abeokuta that two people had also been arrested in connection with the ‘factory’ inside a duplex at Akinremi Estate in Adigbe.

The PPRO explained that the residents of the community, who uncovered the factory, informed the police in the early hours of Thursday.

He added that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) at Eleweran, Abeokuta, for thorough investigation.

Residents in the area allege that the building was a den for rituals and a pregnant woman victim who escaped from the place at about 8 a.m. on Thursday had narrated how she was sold to the ritualists by her sister for N100,000.

“The ritualists informed me that I could only be released after delivery since my sister had been paid,” she said.

It was further gathered that youths, suspected to be students of Moshood Abiola Polythecnic, invaded the building where they carried out a thorough search of the rooms.

Ritual items reportedly discovered in the rooms include basins full of fresh blood, coffin, effigy, scorpion, assorted charms, an international passport and identity cards of junior and senior secondary school students of Sacred Heart Catholic College, Oke-Ilewo.

Several white garments were also recovered from the building.

The resident said the irate youths set the building and the two vehicles inside it ablaze, but the timely arrival of state Fire Service officials prevented the building from being razed.