Three women, including two nurses, have been arrested by the Katsina State Police Command for allegedly stealing a newborn baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.
According to the state police command, a woman identified as Shamsiya Sani of the Dandagoro Quarter, Katsina, was delivered of the baby on the 25th of July, 2020.
It was reported that the mother abandoned the baby shortly after delivery and left behind a handwritten note, stating that she abandoned the baby because she gave birth out of wedlock.
According to the police, the two nurses at the hospital, Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu, picked up the baby and allegedly sold her to one Eucharia Onyema.
The three women were paraded at the Katsina State Police headquarters on Monday 3rd July.
The command’s spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, said that the driver of a commercial tricycle hired by the three women took them to the Sabongarin Police Division after eavesdropping on their conversation and noticing that the baby wasn’t theirs.
“The baby is already receiving attention at the Social Welfare Department of the state Ministry of Youths and Social Development.” Isah stated.
The two nurses who denied selling the baby said that 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 however insisted that she did not buy the baby but collected her from the nurses with a view to taking care of her since she had no child of her own.