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Bargains!: Police Shuts Down Baby Supermarket In LagosOfficials of the Lagos State Government have arrested an 84-year old woman at Lekki area of Lagos State, Nigeria for allegedly selling babies while her orphanage home that served as a baby factory was shut.

Mrs, Theresa Marques, the suspect, who recently suffered a stroke was arrested and brought to the Lagos State Government Secretariate, Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday in the Lagos Ambulance service bus to keep her in healthy condition.

Officials of the Social Department, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development had first stormed the orphanage home at Block 380, Jakande Estate, Lekki on Tuesday and rescued two newly born babies, two boys and arrested some young women found at the orphanage.

She was said to have been granted license by the State Government some years ago to operate an orphanage under the name Ife-Oluwa Orphanage Home. But 84-year Marques now runs the orphanage along with an unapproved Maternity Centre where babies are being delivered. She also has a School there.

Following the development, the state government had revoked the license of the orphanage and shut it down after rescueing some children from the Home.

Officials of the state government claimed that they got a tip off from some members of the public that the woman allegedly collects money from people before handing over babies to them in the guise of adoption.

The act contradicts government's law which prohibits that money should be collected before giving out babies/children for adoption. Also, the exchange of the babies is without government's notice, an act that is criminal under the law. Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth and Social Development, Mrs Busola Ogunkoya, who led the team said government was informed that the old woman was making money through giving out babies to the intended adopters without government's notice.

Unconfirmed reports had it that the woman allegedly haboured young men and women who engaged in sex in order to produce children for her orphanage which are then given out. Marques, however denied that she collected money from intended adopters before handing the children over to them but confessed that she asked them for donations which were in most cases around N100,000, N200,000, among others, adding that this was always done after the process of adoption is completed.

One of the babies rescued from Mrs. Theresa.

she admitted that some young girls with pregnancy come to her

help since they had nowhere to go, saying that in such cases, she used to rent an apartment for them and pay for their ante-natal services and their delivery.

After they had delivered, she would then ask the mothers if they wanted the babies or not, while those who wanted their babies are allowed to go, and those who did not want them would hand them over to her after they had sworn to an afidavit that they did not want the babies.

According to her, it is such babies left in her care that she gives out to interested adopters without government's consent. Two of the babies discovered in the home were born last Sunday but their mothers were nowhere to be found. Marques said their mothers had gone to court to swear to an afidavit that they do not want the children and after two days, the women had not still come back from the court.

A medical doctor was also arrested at the maternity belonging to the octogenarian and had been detained at the taskforce office Alausa, Ikeja.

He was cought in a private room in the hospital with a young lady half naked, while himself was scantily. Children handed over to the old woman were allegedly sold to those in need of children without following government laid down procedures.

Special Adviser to the government on Youth, Sports and Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru told P.M.NEWS that lots of illigality were being perpetrated by some people in the state under the guise that they were operating orphanage homes.

"They are giving us bad name. As people operating orphanages, they are seen as part of government. They make things difficult for people looking for children in order to make them cough out some money. We have been in their trail for long.''

"Two different babies with two different mothers were rescued. We will get to the root of this matter,"

he stated.

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Comment by chizindu king on June 9, 2010 at 12:17pm
na waa ooo
Comment by becky on June 7, 2010 at 10:53am
Now dat she has been cut,then u will see hw old, tried and merciful she will look 4 pple to ve Compassion on her.Now her stroke will run back to her by force cos she has been cut.but wen she was busy selling the babies making her money she was looking under 50's enjoying herself old mama youngi. let her face the Revolt .nonsense
Comment by Winifred on June 4, 2010 at 12:09pm
May God forgive them.It has become something else in this country as babies are now traded for every thing even ritual killing.
Comment by Rasak Kunle Tijjani on June 4, 2010 at 11:12am
Why? Why?, please let this woman and her co accomplish face the music.
Comment by Jaiyeola Olamide on June 4, 2010 at 10:33am
It is only God that will deliver this our nation imagin a 84 yrs woman. Haba People should fear God now she that is near her final days still invove in this what will she tell the younger ones coming behind her. God have mercy
Comment by Moses K Tawose on June 3, 2010 at 7:50pm
It shouldn't be new thing or a story to be talked about why........? The world is full of vices to making money and the victims are the wayward ones and those who has a low life. They're naive and vulnerable without the option to properly weigh the consequence of their single act.
Thanks to those who volunteer the information to the government for actions. That's what we need and it should be encouraged to discourage all this fraud act in the public.
Comment by mohammed ojobarp bakare on June 3, 2010 at 6:54pm
MONEY. It makes or breaks you whatever your age or disposition. May God help us from this problem. If the state government widens its dragnet, it will discover more baby factories.
Comment by Titilayo on June 3, 2010 at 6:22pm
Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,9ja.I sometimes wonder why some people are so heartless.All in the name of MONEY!!!OWO!!!OH God save us and the generation coming
Comment by Janet Egbu on June 3, 2010 at 1:31pm
Na wah ooo, I don't know what our country 9ja is turning to, the greed for money has beclouded our sense of reasoning. Even this old woman is not even thinking were she will spend her eternity at the end of the day. God will continue to expose all of them. Amen

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