Couple Operating Baby Factory – How We Scouted For Pregnant Teenagers, Made Millions Selling Their Babies After Delivery
A couple, Chidi and Maureen Martins, allegedly running a baby factory at a church.
Three newborns, their mothers and three pregnant teenagers, were reportedly found at the facility.
Another couple ready to take away two babies bought at the church, Grate Mercy Deliverance Ministry. Were also apprehended by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
The operators reportedly scouted for teenagers who could not take care of their pregnancies across Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Imo states.
City Round learnt that the Martins worked with a woman identified simply as IB, who found buyers for the babies. IB is still at large.
To fast-track the criminal deal, they reportedly induced their victims to give birth at eighth month. After births, they allegedly gave them drugs that would make them sleep off.
“When they woke up, they would be told the babies were dead whereas they (the babies) had been sold to waiting buyers,” a police source said.
It was learnt that the syndicate was busted recently after a relative of one of the victims, Patience, lured into the church from Akwa Ibom State, reported her missing to the IRT.
Consequently, a team of detectives trailed Patience to the church where they found three pregnant teenagers, three newborn babies and their teenage mums, including Patience.
The source stated:
“One of the pregnant teenagers, Lovett, is five months’ pregnant. She is from Ngor-Okpala area of Imo State. We also found one Chisom, from Ohaji Egbema, Imo State. She is 18 years old and seven months’ pregnant. The third pregnant lady is Chioma.
“Patience was found with a day-old baby boy and two other teenagers Favour and Chizaram, were found with a baby girl and a baby boy respectively. It was discovered that pregnant teenagers were usually induced into labour in their eighth months due to demands from people who wanted to buy the babies.
“The suspects, Maureen Matins, and her husband Chidi, who used the church to perpetrate the criminal act, promised the expectant teenage mums accommodation, feeding and maternity care and assured them they would be sent back after delivery. They worked with a woman known as IB who is on the run now.
“A couple, who came to buy a baby boy and a girl from Maureen, were also arrested. They paid N3.5m. The children are those of Patience and Favour. The two babies were sold to the couple as twins. There are over seven rooms in the church where the girls were kept. Maureen said she had lost count of the number of babies she had sold.”
Another source disclosed that after selling the babies, Maureen and her husband would give the mothers N30,000 to travel back to their states.
“It was discovered that Maureen had been operating the baby factory for over six years and people came from across the country to buy babies from her. She usually sold baby boys for N1.5m each, while baby girls were sold for N1.1m each. Maureen is the general overseer of her church, while her husband is an associate pastor.
“We are currently tracing over 20 children which they have sold. When children are born, Maureen will ask their mothers not to breastfeed them so that they don’t get used to breast milk.”
Maureen, 45, said she is a nurse and only helped to take delivery of babies at the church. She stated that it was IB who scouted for the pregnant teenagers and sold the babies.
“I am from Isiamba North, Imo State, but I reside in Port Harcourt. I am married with two children and I am also a nurse. It was IB who introduced this ‘business’ to me. She was the one who brought the pregnant ladies and sold their babies.
“I don’t know where she got them from; mine was to look after them until they were delivered of their babies. IB would take the babies to the buyers and I would tell the girls that their babies are dead and give them money to return home.”
One of the victims, Favour, said she ended up in the baby factory because the man who impregnated her did not take care of her. She stated that one Precious, who offered to help her, took her to the centre, where she stayed for one month before she gave birth.
“I left secondary school in 2019. My delivery date was not due yet. I was given an injection, was locked up in a room with some other girls for hours. I slept off and when I woke up, they told me that my baby was dead. They didn’t feed us well. I heard that they sold my baby and one other child for N2.5m.”
In her account, Lovett said she fell victim to the syndicate after her parents and boyfriend’s relatives rejected her.
“I am from Imo State and when I got pregnant, my mother rejected me. My boyfriend took me to his relatives and they also rejected me. His friend told me that a woman would take care of me at her home and after giving birth, my boyfriend would pay and pick me up. I was taken to the woman but I didn’t suspect her. They locked us inside the house for 10 hours most days.”
Gummen ambush prison officials, free criminal suspects in plateau
Unknown Gunmen have attacked a convoy of correctional officials from the High Court in Barkin Ladi local government area of plateau state, aiding the escape of six inmates out of the ten brought from Jos prison for trial.
The convoy was said to be conveying 10 suspects charged with for culpable homicide Smashy News learnt.
An eyewitness said as the convoy arrived the court premises, the gunmen, who had laid ambush by the entrance, opened fire and freed the suspects leaving the other four suspects who were apprehended by troops of OPSH sector 4 and taken to police Divisional Headquarters, Barakin Ladi
However Efforts to reach the plateau state police public relations officer Gabriel Ubah Ogaba, proved abortive
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Gov. Lalong slashes 2020 Plateau State budget by N77.4 billion, as PDP legislators kick
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, on Tuesday, wrote the State House Assembly and requested for a downward review of 2020 budget from N177.3 billion to N99.9 billion.
Lalong in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Majority Leader and Member representing Mikang Constituency, Hon. Daniel Naanlong, said that the review became necessary because of the current realities caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The governor said that the coronavirus disease had adversely affected the sources of revenue of the state and hence the implementation of the budget.
“From the reviewed figure of N99.9 billion, the sum of N76. 9 billion is meant for recurrent while N22.97 billion is for capital expenditure.
“I have forwarded 30 copies of the reviewed budget for your consideration and passage into law,” he said.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abok Ayuba said that a letter was earlier received from the executive requesting the House Committee on Appropriation to join them in the review of the budget.
He said that there was a need for quick passage of the bill considering the time of the year and that the committee on behalf of the House made some inputs.
“Let us see reasons to speedily pass the budget as we are in a serious situation that is ravaging the state.
“In this kind of situation, recurrent needs to be on the increase to save the lives of the people before capital development.
“Having passed the second reading, the budget would be committed to Committee on Appropriation to look at the budget and report back to tomorrow being Wednesday,” he said.
Hon. Yahaya Adamu, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation said that the committee had discussed the issues in the budget at length with the executive considering the time frame.
“We have to hasten up since July is almost ending,” he said.
Hon. Nanbol Daniel, (PDP, Langtang North Central) observed that in as much as the pandemic has ravaged the economy, things should be done rightly.
Daniel, who is the House Committee Chairman on Health, said that the budget was out of track as the recurrent was far more than the capital expenditure.
“We are looking at a budget of N99.9 billion and only recurrent is taking over N76 billion.
“What are we planning for the future of our youths with this kind of budget,” he asked.
He said that key areas including those of health were not considered in the reviewed budget.
Hon. Gwottson Fom, (PDP, Jos South State Constituency) corroborated Daniel saying that the budget did not consider the future of children.
According to Dailypost that Governor Lalong had three months ago following the advice of the State Economic Team, informed citizens that this year’s budget would be reduced by 40% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Basketmouth reacts To Oyedepo saying people who don’t pay tithe are under curse
To Many Nigerians, tithing will always be an issue especially when religious leaders insist on it. Recently, comedian Basketmouth took to his official Instagram page to react to the tweet of founder and pastor of megachurch Faith Tabernacle, Bishop David Oyedepo.
The Bishop spoke about tithing through his official Twitter page. According to him, tithing is an inescapable covenant obligation.
He stated that one cannot be prosperous without paying tithe, noting that whoever does not pay tithe is under a financial curse.
Reacting to the clergyman’s statement, Basketmouth said that the church threatens people to pay tithe after the threat of the government about tax payment.
Basketmouth reacts after Oyedepo talked about tithing. Source: @basketmouth, @davidoyedepomin Source: Instagram Expressing his displeasure at the tweet of Bishop Oyedepo, Basketmouth noted the condition of the country’s economy and the rate of unemployment.
“The Govt will threaten us with prosecution if we don’t pay our TAX & VAT. The CHURCH will now threaten us with a FINANCIAL CURSE if you don’t pay your TITHE! Inside the TERRIBLE ECONOMY? With the LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT?ABEGI,”
The clergyman said that paying less than one’s tithe is deception. He noted that it was better that such a person did not pay it at all. According to him, it is impossible to deceive God because He knows all things.
He backed up his statement with biblical proofs as he cited Deuteronomy 14:26. Reno in another tweet responded to those who picked holes in his argument and said that it is an old testament law. In response, the popular social activist said that why do his critics always use an old testament verse (Malachi 3:10) to support paying tithe.
2baba Ventures Into Agriculture, Unveils Agro-Business Project
2baba has unveiled a new agro-allied business called Innobia Cooperatives Organisation (Innobia Allied Ltd)
During a live chat with the chief executive of Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema, at the virtual ringing of the gong to close the market, the singer revealed that the initiative was born out of the desire to key into the government policy of diversification of the economy through agriculture and its ancillary businesses.
“We want to create jobs for our youths and empower our women in order to break the chain of poverty and contribute meaningfully to the economy. Our target is to empower a minimum of 1,000 youths in each of the 36 States and the FCT by the year 2021,” the UNHCR goodwill ambassador declared.
On behalf of the board and management of INNOBIA, I seek your support and partnership in our bid to achieve the ultimate objective of addressing the issues of food sufficiency and job creation for our people.”
The singer also spoke about how music can help foster social good and drive change in society. The singer’s manager, Efe Omorogbe revealed that the business is headquartered in Nigeria and will have branches in Israel and the United Kingdom. He added that the singer began the Innobia operations months ago in partnership with seasoned local and international agribusiness experts.
He further revealed that the pilot project to engage, train, and empower 10,000 women and youths in rice and soya beans production is ongoing in Benue State.
NPF begins recruitment of new constables
The Nigeria Police Force has commenced the recruitment of new constables.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Saturday, invites applications from suitably qualified Nigerians to join the police.
According to Mba, applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 25; and must have obtained a minimum of five credits, including English and Mathematics, in WASSCE/NECO/GCE/NABTEB.
The recruitment exercise, which he said is free, will be done online through www.policerecruitment.gov.ng, beginning from July 14 to August 23.
It was said that applicants who meet the requirements would be invited for physical screening from August 24 to August 30.
“Names of the successful candidates will be published in the national dailies on 14th of September 2020 and on other platforms,” Mba disclosed.
FG To Shut Third Mainland Bridge For Six Months
The Federal Government is set to shut the Third Mainland Bridge for six months starting from Friday, July 24.
This was confirmed by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola.
According to him, consultations are ongoing for another phase of repair works to begin on the 11.8km bridge.
Popoola explained that the work will commence on the outward mainland section of the bridge, and the ministry is working with relevant agencies to perfect traffic during the period.
The bridge has gone through a series of repair works and was last shut in August 2018 for a three-day investigative maintenance check.
There have also been reports of some worn-out expansion joints on the structure, raising concerns over the state of the bridge.
This development will force motorists in Lagos who ply the bridge to begin making arrangements for alternative routes.
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