Police arrest couple for stealing day-old baby in Kano
Police in Kano on Friday recovered a day old baby allegedly stolen by a housewife, Maryam Sadiq, 22 and her husband one Abubakar Sadiq, 50, all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa in a signed statement that was made available to newsmen in Kano said 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 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.”
The local police image maker 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.
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.”
According to the statement “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 stressed “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.”