Kano Police rescue newborn baby abducted at M A Wase hospital
Story from Shafa’atu DAUDA, Kano
Police in Kano said they have rescued a one-day-old baby abducted at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Kano.
The Kano state police spokesperson, Abdullahi Kiyawa revealed this in a statement issued on Friday.
He said the baby was abducted by a couple, Abubakar Sadiq and his wife Maryam Sadiq all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano, it was gathered that the couple were desperate to get a male child.
The statement recalled that on Wednesday one Rabi’u Muhammad of Gayawa quarters, Ungogo local government area reported that one of his newly-born male twins was found missing at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Nassarawa.
According to the statement, the baby was taken from Muhammad’s sister-in-law who was looking after the babies in the corridor of the maternity ward while she was sleeping.
Kiyawa said upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, mobilised a team of detectives to rescue the baby and arrest the culprits.
The team immediately stormed the scene and launched a search. The Hospital was sealed off and thoroughly combed, but the child could not be found immediately.
“Sustained efforts coupled with intelligence sharing led to the arrest of one Maryam Sadiq, ‘F’, 22 years old, and her husband one Abubakar Sadiq, ‘M’, 50 years old, all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano. Police recovered the child from their home.
“On preliminary investigation, Maryam confessed that the child was taken away from Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Kano and that she carried out the act under the influence of her husband who has been longing for a male child,” Kiyawa said.
The Police spokesperson said the newborn baby has been reunited with his parents and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the transfer of the case to the Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.
He said suspects will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.
Mrs Sadik told journalists that her husband Mr Sadik was the mastermind of the abduction, an allegation he has promptly denied.