*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Kano State Police Command has arrested a couple for stealing a day old twin.
SWIndependendentnews.com.ng reports that the Kano State Police Command has on Friday declared arrest of a couple over allegedly stealing a day old twin from Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Kano.
***The suspected couple and the recovered baby…
The development was made known to public through a press statement by the Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa.
DSP Kiyawa according to the statement made available to Journalists maintained that the day old baby allegedly stolen by a housewife, Maryam Sadiq, 22 and her husband one Abubakar Sadiq, 50, all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.
Kiyawa through the statement stressed that 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.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa explained that “Upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, 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.”
DSP Kiyawa further stressed that 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.”
He said “the new born baby has been re-united with his parents. The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi (Nagari-Nakowa) 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.”
DSP Kiyawa revealed that the suspects reportedly threw a lavish party to celebrate the arrival of a male child in their family, adding that the action “triggered doubts since neighbours knew Maryam was not pregnant.”
Kiwaya further revealed that the ungodly act was reported by “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 “Mr. Muhammad’s wife delivered of twins on the 07/09/2021 at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Kano and was admitted”, adding that the sister in-law who was looking after the babies at the corridor of the Maternity ward slept off only to woke up and found one of the twin missing.