A couple has been arrested by the Kano State Police Command for reportedly taking a day-old infant from Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital in Kano.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, the command’s Public Relations Officer, made the announcement in Kano on Saturday.
One Rabiu Muhammad, of Gayawa quarters, Ungogo LGA of Kano, claimed to the police that one of the twins his wife delivered on September 7 at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Kano was missing, according to Haruna-Kiyawa.
According to the police, one of his newly-born male twins went missing on September 8 at around 0130 hours, when his sister-in-law, who was watching after the babies in the hospital’s maternity ward hallway, fell asleep.
She woke up and couldn’t see one of the babies,” he said.
Haruna-Kiyawa said that upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu-Dikko, instructed a team of detectives led by SP Daniel Amah to rescue the victim and arrest the culprits.
“The team immediately stormed the facility and launched a search operation. The hospital was sealed and thoroughly combed, but the baby could not be found,” he said
He stated that the individuals were apprehended as a result of an intelligence report.
Intelligence report led to the arrest of one Maryam Sadiq, 22, and her husband, one Abubakar Sadiq, 50 years, both of Rijiyar Zaki quarters, Kano. The baby was recovered from them in their home.
“During preliminary investigations, Maryam confessed to have taken the baby from the hospital. She said that her husband influenced her into committing the crime, as he had been longing for a male child.”
The suspects were claimed to have planned a party to commemorate the arrival of a male child in their family, according to Haruna-Kiyawa.
“This sparked suspicion and skepticism, because their neighbors knew Maryam was not pregnant,” he claimed.
The newborn baby has already been reunited with his parents, he noted.
The CP ordered that the case be handed to the command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigations, according to the PPRO.
He went on to say that after the investigations were over, the suspects will be charged in court.