The Kano State Police Command has saved 27 children from an illegal baby factory suspected of child trafficking.
The orphanage, Du Merci Orphanage, is allegedly illegal and believed to have kidnapped the children in its care.
This was disclosed by the state command’s public relations officer, DSP Abdullah Haruna. He added that the oprhanage’s proprietor, one Solomon Tafa, has also been arrested.
According to him, an investigation of the orphanage, its owner, and the hospital with which its conducts business has begun. The rescued children are now in the Kano state Children’s home.
“We were able to rescue nine children here, after the arrest; he was not able to present any document that shows how these children are being sourced.
“He procures pregnant women, gives them all the necessary ante-natal attention and care. After delivery, he then hands over the newly born babies to the owner of the orphanage home.”
Orphanage owner Denise’s charges
Meanwhile, the now-detained owner of the orphanage, Tafa, has denied the charges of illegality.
He said the home is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and has been in business since 1996.
“We are registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with 10 boards of trustees that are the Directors.
“We have been running the home since 1992, but officially opened in 1996. I’m registered with women affairs and social development and the children are from many sources,” he said.
This has since being denied by the commissioner for women affairs and social development, Zahra’u Umar-Muhammad.