The 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia, on Sunday, raided a baby factory at Umunkpei Nvosi in Isiala-Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State, and rescued 22 girls and 2 babies (a boy and a girl).
It was gathered that out of the 22 girls rescued, 21 were pregnant.
The baby factory operated by one Mrs Mma, now on the run, was said to have thrived in the area despite reports to security agencies.
Some of the Items found in the place include; a Tiger generator, a stretcher, gas cylinder, a bag of rice, 4 cartoon of tin tomatoes, 5 litres of vegetable oil, two bags of garri and soup ingredients.
Troops raided the baby factory following an intelligence report that the owner of the factory was selling some of the babies to criminal agents for ritual purposes, and others for child trafficking.
It was said that the operator of the factory was constituting a nuisance in the area and that sometimes, human parts were seen around the building.
According to a member of the troop, the owner of the baby factory is currently at large but efforts are ongoing to apprehend her.
However, one Katherine Oyechi Ngwanma, a 34-year-old chef at the facility, was arrested by the troops.
The pregnant women, as well as the babies, have been handed over to the Abia State Government for further action.
The soldiers were led by the Army Public Relations Officer, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Lt Omale Innocent Prince, and the Media Adviser to Governor Alex Otti, Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma.
Ekeoma while commending the th military for the operation during an interview, stated that there was no justification for why such thing should be happening in any part of Abia State.
He, further assured that Alex Otti’s administration will sanitise the state adding that the government will, in collaboration with the security agencies, conduct a thorough investigation on the matter.