A woman poses as a hospital worker, steals a newborn twin from maternity ward in Bauchi
The maternity ward at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital in Bauchi was robbed of a twin newborn.
Ibrahim Dallami Khalid (the father of the twins), spoke to Daily Trust and said that his baby was stolen by a woman pretending to be an official at the hospital.
According to Mr. Khalid, the woman entered the ward where his wife was and the twins on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
He claimed that his wife was told by the woman that one of the twins required treatment in another hospital ward. He also said that the impostor had taken the baby and never returned.
“We suspected a woman disguised as an official entered the room during visiting hours and she greeted all the patients there. I saw the woman but I thought that my wife and her mother knew her,” he explained.
“Later when I left the hospital, my wife asked her mother to bring eggs for her. As she tried to get the eggs, the suspicious woman came again and asked my mother-in-law where she was heading to. She responded and went out.
“The woman used the opportunity to sit close to my wife, and told her that one of the twins is not well and she wanted to take the baby to Special Baby Care. My wife allowed her to take the baby. Since then, there is no information on the baby’s whereabouts.”
Khalid said his wife has been unconscious since the incident happened.
The Chairman, of the Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr. Haruna Liman, described the incident as an unfortunate development.
“We were told that the culprit has established rapport with the patient and her relative who was staying with her and she had closely monitored their movements,” he said.
“When the culprit came to pick one of the babies, the mother voluntarily presented the child to her and nobody suspected anything until she raised the alarm that her baby is nowhere to be found.”
The spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, also confirmed the incident, adding that an investigation had commenced to arrest the suspect(s).