Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC in Enugu, acting on a tip off has busted a maternity home where new born babies are sold illegally at various sums of money.
The illegal maternity, Known as 'Moonlight Maternity home' is located at Coal Camp area of Enugu metropolis.
Parading the key suspect and owner of the centre Dr. Ben Agbo before newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday, the NSCDC state Commander Nathaniel Ubong, disclosed that the discovery of the home was aftermath of serious and tedious surveillance mounted by his men around the said maternity after receiving information on the illicit trade from spirited members of the public.
Ubong hinted that, his men discovered a two day old baby within the premises of the said maternity during the operation.
He added that Doctor Agbo and other staff of the illegal hospital refused to give account of where about of mother of the baby.
The NSCDC chief said the command was disturbed because 'Moonlight maternity home' is not in the list of hospitals submitted to them by the state Ministry of Gender affairs accredited to engage in child fostering in the state.
But in his reaction, Dr Ben Agbo, claimed that he is only rendering humanitarian services to couples that are finding it difficult to have children their own biological babies.
Asked to explain where about of the mother of the two day old baby found in the maternity home, Agbo said she went away to solicit for financial assistance and was yet to return.
When further pressurised to disclose the amount he makes from the illicit deal on a baby, even though he insisted that he is rendering 'humanitarian services ,he said he charges between One hundred and one twenty thousand naira, for a child, to enable him cover the cost of delivery and other medicares on the child and the mother, and the mother of the baby is thereafter settled with about twenty thousand naira.
But men of the NSCDC who conducted the operation ,disclosed to newsmen that they also trace files that contains records of previous transactions and current applications from people seeking to buy new born child from the maternity home.
Some of the records according to the security outfit showed that some babies were sold for about Five hundred and fifty thousand naira.
Besides, they equally discovered records of transactions, where some clients deposited up to two hundred thousand naira, promising to pay up the agreed balance whenever the baby is delivered to them.
However, Dr Agbo who is said to be over 70 years of age accepted that he had been doing the unholy business in the past ten years, and have been arrested and released severally.
Meanwhle, NSCDC is insisting that the suspect must be prosecuted after their investigations.