A couple – Maryam Sadiq, 22, and her husband, Abubakar Sadiq, 50 – have been arrested by Kano State Police Command for allegedly stealing a day-old baby boy from the hospital.
Image Maker of the command, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa,a Deputy Superintendent of Police ( DSP) who made the disclosure in a statement , said Maryam stole one of a set of new born male twins when their aunt who was looking after them fell asleep.
He said after stealing the baby, the couple threw a party to celebrate the much-awaited arrival of a male child in their family.
Maryam told detectives that she stole the child because her husband had long desired a male child.
The statement read:
“On the 08/09/2021, at about 0300hrs, one Rabi’u Muhammad, ‘m’, of Gayawa Quarters, Ungogo LGA Kano, reported that on the same day at about 0130hrs, one of his newly-born male twin babies was missing”.
“He said his wife was delivered of the twins on the 07/09/2021 at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Kano and was admitted. That his sister in-law who was looking after the babies at the corridor of the Maternity ward slept off. She woke up and did not see the child”
“Upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, raised and instructed a team of detectives led by SP Daniel Itse Amah to rescue the victim 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. The Child was recovered from them in 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 a male child”.
“Before their arrest, the suspects were said to have thrown a party to celebrate the arrival of a male child in their family, which triggered doubts since neighbours knew Maryam was not pregnant.”
“Meanwhile, the new born baby has been re-united with his parents. The Commissioner has ordered that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Command for discreet investigation. Suspects will be charged to Court upon completion of investigation,the statement concluded.