A 47-year-old pastor Udoh of the Divine Yard Deliverance Ministry in Ogun State, have been arrested for allegedly running a baby factory in the church.
Punch reported that 64 babies have been sold before she was arrested alongside one Angela Akpan and a nurse, Mrs. Bukola Ajala, who assists in childbirth at Udoh’s church.
It gathered that Udoh usually referred complicated cases to the nurse whose clinic was just few metres away from the church.
It was after a tip-off to the police that a buyer is needed for Angela’s younger sister’s baby that the suspects were arrested.
Udoh, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, denied the accusation, saying she used the church as a maternity home to assist her pregnant church members for a token.
She said, “I have been a pastor for 13 years. I only assisted my church members during childbirth. I take delivery of 13 to 15 babies every year and I have handled over 60 cases so far. I don’t sell the babies.
“Whenever I have a complicated case, I refer the patient to the nurse and we share the money she collects for the service. Angela brought her sister to me in July. She gave birth on November 16 at the nurse’s clinic and she was discharged. I was surprised when the police came to arrest me yesterday (Sunday).”
Ajala, the nurse, explained that she charges between N15, 000 and N17, 000 for each child delivery, but said she is not aware of the babies being sold.
Meanwhile, Angela said she didn’t mean to sell the baby, but only took her sister to the pastor when her pregnancy was four months.
Goodnews, the mother of the new-born baby said that she didn’t know the baby was going to be sold, as she only followed her sister to Lagos from the village to avoid being shamed because she is a secondary school drop-out.