Binta Adebayo, a 40-year old woman was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly operating a baby factory.
The defendant was however released on bail in the sum of N1 million.
Adebayo, who resides at No. 14, Alhaji Sadiq St., Igando, a Lagos suburb, is facing a two-count charge of illegal hostage and operation of unlicenced orphanage.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Benson Emuerhi, told court that the accused committed the offences between March 2017 and Feb. 4 at her residence in Lagos.
Emuerhi alleged that the accused was arrested by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Ikeja following a tip-off.
He said the accused held in servitude three pregnant women — Precious Emmanuel, 27; Onome Oputa, 25; and Favour Osikweneh, 19 — with the intention of trading their babies for money after delivery.
“The accused usually sell the babies after the young women had been delivered of the babies without the mothers’ consent. But during the raid, the three young women were rescued.’’
According to the prosecutor, the accused runs an unregistered orphanage known as Holy Infants Orphanage, where she exploits and people and engage in child trading.
The offences contravened Sections 276 (f), (g) and 279 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties should be gainfully employed and must be property owners in Lagos with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case until May 21.