The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the reunion of a new-born baby girl with her parents 14 days after she was stolen from the Plateau State Specialist Hospital.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Matthias, said this on Saturday, June 15, at the Plateau State Police Headquarters, venue of the reunion.
He said: “May 28, 2019, had been a day of joy for Mary Chukwuebuka, a resident of Zaramaganda in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State as she and her husband, Nwagod, welcomed a baby girl”.
“Three days later, on May 31, while she was still under medical observation in the maternity ward, things took a heart-breaking twist when a woman she thought was a doctor approached her for the baby’s inoculation”.
“Without giving the request much thought, Mary handed her baby over to the woman. She could not see the baby again for more than a week”.
“When the reality of what had happened dawned on her and the management of the hospital, she and her husband turned to the police and the Legal Aid Council for help. They had to wait for more than a week of investigation before they received the news they had prayed for”.
Meanwhile, the suspect, when apprehended, claimed to have given birth to the same baby on the same day with Mary.
After thorough investigations, the Police discovered that the child was actually Mary’s and not hers as she claimed.
The Police recovered the baby and handed her to her real parents with nurses from the hospital, family members, police detectives and members of the Legal Aid Council as witnesses.