For seventeen years old Blessing Saviour from Akwa – Ibom State, the labour pains experienced last week before delivering her Baby boy at the state hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta has thought her few lessons – that motherhood is neither a tea party nor the fruit from it something to be traded off.
She is one of the rescued inmates of a baby – making factory located in Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, where she was holed up along with eight others for the purpose of breeding babies for commercial gains by the captors.
The Anti Crime team attached to Ajuwon Division of Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police Force had last three weeks ago following intelligence gathering, stormed a baby making factory where pregnant women were kept to produce babies for sales and arrested the owner, Mrs Angella Chigozie,39, also rescued Blessing and eight other pregnant girls of ages between 16 and 22 years within the facility.
Two of the rescued pregnant girls joy Okoro(20) and Blessing Saviour(17) were delivered of their babies at the state hospital, Ijaiye last week, a boy and a girl.
But on Tuesday, Blessing said she would no longer sell her baby, christened King David Etimbo, Omotoyosi Omo Amosun, even if someone offers her N1,000,000
She expressed gratitude to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, the state Ministry for Women Affairs, the Commissioner, Mrs Elizabeth Sonubi and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Ogun Command for her rescue, care, support and safe delivery of her baby boy.
Blessing spoke with reporters at the premises of the Stella Obasanjo Children’s Home, Ibara, Abeokuta, shortly after the naming ceremony of her baby by the Ogun State Government.
And the one named Queen Elizabeth Onyinyechukwu Morayoninuoluwa Amosun is born by Joy Okoro(20) from Imo State.
Also, Joy who claimed she still has the link to the biological father of her barely ten days old baby, said she would not sell the girl again for any price, and urged girls of her age who are being abducted or lured into the illicit and criminal baby – making factory to speak out so that deliverance could come their way.
Giving them the separate names eight days after delivery, Commissioner for
Women Affairs, Mrs Elizabeth Sonubi, expressed the hope that the two should grow into becoming king and queen in the society.
Mrs Sonubi counselled the teenage mothers to understand that God has purpose for their lives, saying now that they have delivered safely, they think of the possibility of going back to school or acquiring skills that would make them viable in future.
Sonubi said: “you have opportunity to live a new life, you can go back to school or go into business and be a model to others.”
According to her, the two mothers and seven others awaiting delivery would be handed over to the government of their respective states – Imo, Abia and Akwa – Ibom.