An Evangelist and four other suspects have been nabbed by police officers attached to the Imo state police command for allegedly using a church building as a baby factory.
The church which is located along MCC/Uratta road in Owerri North LGA was busted by the police after an intelligence report.
According to a statement by Michael Abattam, the command’s image maker, on September 8 around 8:30 am, the police received an intelligence report that one 18-year-old Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku of Umudurualaoka Uba Ifakala, Mbaitoli LGA of Imo state, who was reported missing on May 23, 2021, was sighted in the church.
The statement said on getting the report, Rabiu Hussaini, the state police commissioner, immediately dispatched the command’s anti-kidnapping unit who went to ‘Jesus Life Assembly’, the said church.
It said Ugochi Orisakwe, the resident evangelist of the church, alongside Chidi Orisakwe, Pauline Nwagbunwanne, Elizabeth Uzoma, and Chibueze Joy, her gang members, were all arrested and taken to the station.
“The victim Miss Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku was rescued unhurt with five months old pregnancy and was immediately, taken to a government hospital for treatment. She was later reunited with her parents amidst jubilation,” the statement reads.
“On interrogation, Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe “F” confessed to have been using the church as a place where young girls are kept, impregnated and after delivery, the girls are paid off and their babies sold to rich and childless clients.”
The command said investigation is in progress to arrest other members of the gang who are on the run.