Three women have been arrested in Katsina State for allegedly stealing a newly born baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.
WuzupNigeria gathered that the suspects included two nurses – 35 years old Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu,43 – and the buyer, one Eucharia Onyema, 45.
The Police in the state said that one Shamsiya Sani, 25, of Dandagoro Quarters, in Katsina, the state capital, delivered the baby in a private hospital on 25 July 2020. She, however, abandoned the baby shortly after delivery, leaving behind a handwritten note which explained that she took the action because the baby was borne out of wedlock.
The two nurses – Tijani and Ejigu – picked up the baby and allegedly sold her to Onyema.
The three women were paraded at the headquarters of the Katsina police command on Monday evening.
The Command’s Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen during the suspects’ parade, that the bubble bust after the driver of a commercial tricyclist hired by the three women to convey them to their various houses from the hospital drove them to the Sabongarin police division after eavesdropping to their conversation.
SP Isah added,
“Nemesis caught up with them (the three women) 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 the child.”
The police spokesman said the baby was already receiving attention at the Social Welfare department of Ministry of Youths and Social Development.
The two nurses, in an interview with journalists, denied selling the baby, insisting they gave her to Eucharia Onyema on humanitarian grounds.
Tijani, who spoke on behalf of the duo, said,
“We took the step we took on humanitarian grounds. We never sold the baby. The only mistake we made was not informing the hospital management before taking the decision.”
Eucharia equally said she did not buy the baby, declaring that she collected her from the two nurses with a view to taking care of her since she has no child of her own.
“It’s true I am barren. I only collected the baby from the two nurses in order to be taking care of her.”
The police spokesman, however, said an investigation was ongoing on the incident.