The Abia State Police Command has arrested one Christopher Tochukwu for allegedly running an illegal medical centre and Baby Factory in his church located at No. 252 Faulks Road, Aba, Abia state capital.
While briefing newsmen on Monday, June 5th, at the State Police Headquarters, Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adeleye Oyebade, paraded the pastor alongside other suspects.
Oyebade revealed that information was received on the 24th of May, that a storey building located at the said address, which doubles as a Church and Medical centre, was converted to a Baby Factory.
Acting on this tip-off after proper investigations, detectives attached to the Ariaria Police Division in Aba, led by the DPO, stormed the premises and rescued three pregnant girls and one girl whose baby had been sold to a yet to be identified person.
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Tochukwu, a pastor with a new generation Pentecostal church and the operator of the clinic, was nabbed while a two-week old premature baby was also rescued and relocated to a motherless babies’ home for proper care.
According to another of the victim identified as Imeabo Udo, she was taken to the Clinic by a young man who promised to help her take care of her two-year-old child. She recalled that on getting to the clinic, her baby boy was taken away from her and sold to an unknown woman.
In the same vein, Jane Ikechukwu, Blessing and Gift, said they were also taken to the same Clinic for antenatal care and were held against their will for more than one month.
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Blessing alleged that ‘pastor’ Christopher Tochukwu raped them in turns while they were all locked up in different rooms within the clinic.
“The pastor was coming to rape us one after the other. It was while he was raping one of us, that the girl fought him and wounded him with a broken glass. It was the girl that escaped through the window and alerted the Police.”
However, Tochukwu who claimed to be a nurse by training denied raping the girls. He said he had no arrangement to sell their babies after birth, adding that he was just keeping them to pay their bills after he had treated them.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade said that investigation was ongoing, adding that the police is still looking for other culprits on the run.