The Enugu State Police Command, at the weekend, raided a “baby factory” and rescued nine pregnant girls in the process. The operation, carried out by the 9th Mile Division of the Nigeria Police Force, took the police to a baby factory located within Etiti Amankwo Ngwo, in the Udi Local Government Area. The factory was allegedly owned and operated by one Ikechukwu Onoh of Etiti Amakwo Ngwo, who claimed he got a provisional approval in October 2007 from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to run the home known as Tex Hospital and Maternity Home. “I got a provisional approval in October 2007 from Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Enugu State to admit and shelter pregnant women in his hospital called ‘Tex Hospital and maternity home’, and that the hospital was no longer functional,” he said. Onoh admitted that under the authority, he was supposed to inform the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development within 24hrs of admitting any pregnant woman. The Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the arrest said the pregnant women and girls later gave their names as Stella James, 19 years of Ohaozara Ebonyi State, Eze Jennifer, 19 years from Obukpa in Nsukka Local Government Area, Ugwu Christabel, 17 years, from Aku Igbo Etiti Local Government Area, Happiness Mbaonu, 17 years, from Nnewi, in Anambra State, Ovunna Ifeoma, 20 years, from Ezza, in Ebonyi State. Others are Esther Nwankwo, 21 years, from Nkalagu, Ebonyi State, Onyedika Agu, 23 years, from Isuawa Awgu of Enugu State, Blessing James, 23 years, from Ohafia Abia State and Chibueze Ujunwa, 24 years, from Nenwenta Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State. Meanwhile, some of the girls claimed that they were raped by unknown persons and that they found succour in the home. One of the girls, who gave her name as Christabel, claimed that she was raped and that she could not report to her parents until pregnancy resulted, leading to her being forced to marry an old man or leave the family. This, she said made her to seek for assistance through one of her relations, who directed her to the home. Amaraizu said that the arrested girls were helping the police in their investigations.