Persistence of ‘baby factories’ in Abia worries AIG
By Steve Oko
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone 9, Umuahia, Hassan Karma, has expressed worry over the persistence of illegal maternity homes otherwise known as ‘baby factories’ in Abia State.
Karma lamented that despite efforts by the police and other security agencies in the state in combating the monster, the menace has persisted.
The AIG stated this when he received in audience the new executive of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abia State led by its new Chairman, Mr. Obinna Ibe.
He wondered why a mother would be so calous and inhuman to sell off her baby who most times end up in the hands of ritualists.
” It is disheartening that a little girl will get pregnant only to go and sell the baby “, he fumed.
The AIG noted that though Abia “is relatively peaceful” , and had witnessed reduction in other crimes, the menace of “baby factory has refused to go “.
“Although Abia is peaceful but cases of baby factory still abound”, he regretted.
He solicited the support and collaboration of journalists in the war against the monster through investigative reporting that could help expose the perpetrators.
The AIG also solicited the cooperation of journalists in sustaining the public peace particularly as the country heads for the 2019 election.
He enjoined journalists to ensure they balance their stories before going to the press to ensure all parties in a story are given fair hearing.
The police boss also solicited the partnership of the media for effective policing of society through dissemination of information that could help in exposing criminals and their hideouts.
He said the press , as watch dog of society and police had to work together as partners in progress for the good of society.
The AIG cautioned journalists against biased reporting which he said was capable of setting society ablaze.
“As you report facts, you have a responsibility to ensure there is peace in society so you can have a society to live in and report again “.
Earlier in his speech , the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel , Mr. Ibe, pledged the preparedness of journalists in Abia to assist the police in the discharge of their duties.
He however, appealed to the AIG, to always carry journalists in the state along especially while parading criminals and press briefings.
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