Nigerian officials have rescued over 100 babies from orphanages operating illegally in Africa’s most populous nation.
One of the homes invaded to rescue these infants is called a “baby factory” a term used to refer to a facility where babies are sold illegally for profit.
Local media reported that such a facility also houses pregnant women who give birth and have their babies sold for profit.
Lagos state Commissioner for Youths and Social Development Agboola Dabiri told the media on Wednesday that about 162 children were involved in the latest incident.
“To ensure protection for children we have shut three illegal orphanages homes. Of these, one operates as baby factory while two others were unregistered homes,” Dabiri said.
Dabiri further said that “The children and teenagers rescued from the baby factory and homes were placed at government-approved homes for care and protection.”
In 2017 some 237 babies, 106 male and 131 female, were abandoned by their parents in the Nigerian city of Lagos.
The infants were rescued by officials who told the media that the rescue was carried out over a one year period.