A baby factory in Adamawa State was raided by Nigerian Army troops, resulting in the arrest of seven suspects, according to report. The operation took place on June 23, and the suspects were paraded at the military headquarters on Saturday. Alongside the arrests, 17 teenage girls and two infants were rescued.
The suspects were apprehended in a raid on their enclave located on the Nigerian-Cameroon border in Adamawa state. The enclave was found to be operating as a brothel, human trafficking joint, and baby factory.
The Brigade Commander, Major General Mohammed Jibrin-Gambo of the 23 Armoured Brigade Yola, conducted the parade at the brigade headquarters in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State. The troops had conducted a special operation in the border area between Nigeria and Cameroon, acting on credible information.
The criminals were located in the outskirts of Kasingila village in the Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa. The suspects were captured in a border settlement near the Belel district, the last community before entering the Cameroon Republic. A joint team of security forces was involved in the operation, which led to the rescue of 17 girls aged between 19 and 21 and two babies.
During questioning, the camp’s leader, Abubakar Abdullahi, revealed that the girls were sourced from Adamawa, Gombe, and Borno States. He used the camp for activities such as dance clubs, prostitution, and the sale of babies born to girls within Nigeria and across the Cameroon border.
The rescued girls had reportedly been in the camp for two to three years, recruited as minors without their families’ knowledge. They were accommodated in a single room and slept on mats. Their captors withheld the money they earned to prevent them from escaping. The girls were also forced to perform at weddings and naming ceremonies, primarily for criminal gangs operating in the area.
Investigations have revealed an alarming proliferation of similar camps in border areas where human trafficking is rising. It is expected that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) will address this disturbing trend soon.
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