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Evangelist, 4 others arrested for using church as ‘baby factory’ in Imo

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Police operatives attached to the anti-kidnapping unit of the Imo state command, have arrested one Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe, for allegedly using a popular church building as a baby factory.

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The church, Jesus Life Assembly, located along MCC/Uratta road in Owerri North LGA, was swooped upon by the police after an Intelligence report.

A statement issued by CSP Michael Abattam, the command’s public relations officer, disclosed that on September 8 around 8:30 am, the police received an intelligence report that one 18-year-old Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku of Umudurualaoka Uba Ifakala, Mbaitoli LGA of Imo state, who was reported missing on May 23, 2021, was sighted in the church.

The statement said on getting the report, Rabiu Hussaini, the state police commissioner, immediately dispatched the command’s anti-kidnapping unit to the said church.

It added that Ugochi Orisakwe, the resident evangelist of the church, alongside Chidi Orisakwe, Pauline Nwagbunwanne, Elizabeth Uzoma, and Chibueze Joy, her gang members, were all arrested and taken to the station.

“The victim Miss Amarachi Okechukwu Dioku was rescued unhurt with five months old pregnancy and was immediately, taken to a government hospital for treatment. She was later reunited with her parents amidst jubilation,” the statement reads.

“On interrogation, Evangelist Ugochi Orisakwe “F” confessed to have been using the church as a place where young girls are kept, impregnated and after delivery, the girls are paid off and their babies sold to rich and childless clients.”

The image maker added that investigation is ongoing and as well efforts to arrest other members of the syndicate who are said to be on the run.

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