UK police asked for help in ‘miracle babies’ probe

British police have been asked to help extradite a woman wanted in Kenya in connection with the “miracle babies” saga.

Ms Edith Unegbu is facing charges over claims that she tried to smuggle two babies out of Kenya.

She belongs to Pastor Gilbert Deya‘s controversial church, headquartered at London’s Peckham area.

The church hit the headlines last year when self-styled Archbishop Deya announced that, through the power of prayer, he had made a number of women pregnant.


Most of the claims have now been proved wrong and Archbishop Deya, like Ms Unegbu, is currently fighting a bid to extradite him to Kenya.

Kenyan detectives have applied for an arrest warrant for Ms Unegbu, who lives in Tottenham, north London, on claims that she tried to smuggle the two babies and the body of a child from Nairobi to London.

The order is expected to be given in the next few weeks when the Kenyan police fly to London to help their British colleagues with the case.

A neighbour of Ms Unegbu told London’s Evening Standard newspaper: “She was living there with no babies, then suddenly she appeared with a baby. No one knew she was pregnant.” British social services have taken the child into care until the matter is resolved.

The paper reported how, in October, 2003, Ms Unegbu applied to the British high commission for a visa to bring a baby back to Britain.

But the officials were said to have doubts about her relationship with the baby and suspected the birth certificate was fake.

When Ms Unegbu tried to do the same thing with another baby in June, she was not granted a visa for the baby.

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