At least 257 illegal baby factories have reportedly been uncovered in the Imo State of Nigeria, in a move set to eradicate illegal orphanages.
According to News Express, a number of children were also recovered.
The report quoted Reverend Simeon Nwulu, Special Assistant to the Imo State governor on Non-Governmental Organisations and Allied Matters, as saying that only 15 of the 272 social homes in the state were legal.
Vanguard, indicated earlier this month that the first network of baby factories in Nigeria were identified in 2008.
The alarming number of identified factories have raised a considerable amount in the past ten years, the report said.
In April, BBC reported on a raid that took place in Lagos where more than 160 children were rescued. Some of the children had been sexually abused.
The children were later placed in government-approved homes.