Two top Scotland Yard detectives have been sent to Nairobi to beef up investigations into the “miracle babies” saga.
A senior London Metropolitan Police spokesman said they would join the Kenya police and another team from the UK that arrived last week.
“I can confirm to you that there are two officers travelling to Nairobi,” he said. “They will be helping in the investigations of the ‘miracle babies’ case. I am sorry I cannot divulge any more information on them, but it is true that they are travelling to Kenya.
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“The investigations are part of a large web that has been in place since August, and we are playing our part in the whole scene.”
The move is part of inquiries into allegations of child trafficking involving a London-based Kenyan preacher.
Self-styled archbishop Gilbert Deya claims that, through God, he can help women become pregnant, but it is said the babies have been stolen from poor parents.
Kenyan authorities have arrested five people, including a British woman, and are seeking Pastor Deya’s extradition. He has denied being involved in child trafficking, describing the children as “gifts from God” and claiming that he has helped two women in the UK to give birth, one of them having three births in less than 12 months.
British authorities took one baby into their care after DNA test results failed to match either parent.
The Charity Commission is also investigating the Gilbert Deya Ministries organisation which has churches in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said today: “We can confirm that officers from the child abuse investigation command have travelled to Kenya as part of ongoing inquiries as to whether offences have been committed.”
He said police were reviewing allegations of child trafficking between the UK and Kenya.
“At this stage the Metropolitan Police Service has made no arrests in connection with this inquiry. Inquiries remain ongoing,” he added.
But he would not say when the officers arrived in Kenya or how long they would be staying.