From Esther Akaa, Lafia
A new born baby has been stolen three hours after birth at the postnatal ward of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia.
The mother of the baby, Mrs Wasilat Suleiman narrated her sad fate to Journalists in Lafia today.
She stated that, she delivered her child at about 3:00 am on Tuesday and the baby was stolen at about 6:00am while recuperating at the postnatal ward of the hospital.
“I gave birth to my baby (boy) through Cesarean Section (CS) around 3:00am on Tuesday and my relation who was looking after me introduced the strange woman she met at the ward to me when she wanted to go home to pick some things”.
“She told me that the woman will take care of me and the baby before she returns from the house.
“My relation thought that the woman had a patient at the ward and she trust her to help us before she returns.
“The woman told me that she wanted to bath the baby and that was how she disappeared with him.”
Mrs Suleiman who currently in pains, appealed to appropriate authorities to assist her in finding her child.
Reacting to the incident, DASH management confirmed the situation.
The management however expressed sadness that, in spite of the stringent security measures in place at the facility to safeguard employees and patients, this had to occur.
The management speaking through the Acting Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Dr. Mohammed Salihu said it was the first time such ugly incident occurred at the hospital.
He confirmed that the baby was delivered around 3:00am and handed over to the relation of Mrs Wasilat Suleiman who was transferred to postnatal ward before the baby was stolen.
He explained that the management had promptly reported the issue to the police, and an investigation was ongoing to recover the baby.
“Already, the relation of the mother of the baby has been arrested and some of our staff on duty were invited by the police for questioning,” he said.
Dr Salihu promised that management will examine the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage in order to apprehend the culprit.