The Katsina State Police Command on Monday, paraded three women, including two nurses it arrested over alleged theft of a newborn baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.
While speaking at the press conference, the spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah said a lady identified as Shamsiya Sani of the Dandagoro Quarter, Katsina, gave birth to the baby on July 25, 2020.
Shamsiya, however, abandoned the baby shortly after delivery and left behind a handwritten note, which explained that she took the action because the baby was born out of wedlock.
He added the two nurses at the hospital, Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu, stole the baby and allegedly sold her to one Eucharia Onyema, that the driver of a commercial tricycle hired by the three women took them to the Sabongarin Police Division after eavesdropping on their conversation.
“The baby is already receiving attention at the Social Welfare Department of the state Ministry of Youths and Social Development,” Isah stated
The nurses while speaking on their action, noted that they did not sell the baby but insisted they gave her to Eucharia Onyema on humanitarian grounds.
“We took the step on humanitarian grounds. We never sold the baby. The only mistake we made was not informing the hospital management before taking the action,” Tijani said.
Eucharia, equally denied selling the baby, adding that she collected her from the nurses with a view to taking care of her since she had no child of her own
“On 25/07/2020, at about 10:00hrs, one Shamsiya Sani, aged 25yrs of Dandagoro Quarters, Katsina was delivered of a baby girl at Okomos Clinic, Kofar Kaura Quarters, Katsina.
She later abandoned the child at the hospital with a hand written note stating that it was born out of wedlock hence the abandonment.
Two nurses of the hospital, Misira S. Tijjani, ‘f’, aged 35yrs of Filin Canada Quarters, Katsina and Grace Ejigu, ‘f’, aged 43yrs of Shagari Low Cost, Katsina conspired and sold the child to one Eucharia Onyema, ‘f’, aged 45yrs of Sabuwar Kasuwa Quarters, Katsina”
“On 28/07/2020 based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in busting/ arresting of three female suspects who conspired and sold away the newly born baby girl
Nemesis caught up with them when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke Napep rider who suspected them of stealing of the child”
Investigation is ongoing.
SP Gambo Isah
Police Public Relations Officer,
FOR: Commissioner of Police