Unidentified Abductor Steals Hours-Old Baby from High-Security Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Sparks Urgent Investigation

The Abduction: Unidentified Woman Takes Newborn

In a shocking incident at Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia, an unidentified woman reportedly abducted a newborn baby boy from the postnatal ward on Tuesday, January 9.

The mother, Mrs. Wosilat Suleiman, recounted the distressing experience, revealing that the alleged kidnapper had been introduced by a relative.

Mother’s Account of Events

Mrs. Suleiman, who had given birth earlier through Caesarean Section, explained that a relative left briefly and entrusted her care to the mysterious woman.

The stranger claimed she wanted to bathe the baby but vanished with the child, leaving the mother distraught and appealing for assistance in locating her newborn.

Hospital’s Response and Security Measures

The hospital management expressed regret over the incident despite having implemented strict security measures. Dr. Mohammed Salihu, Acting Head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, stated that this was the first such theft in the hospital’s history.

The baby was initially handed over to a relative before being transferred to the postnatal ward.

Police Involvement and Investigation

The hospital promptly reported the incident to the police, leading to the arrest of the patient’s relative and questioning of staff members.

An ongoing investigation aims to unravel the circumstances surrounding the mysterious abduction. The hospital management is committed to reviewing CCTV footage to aid in identifying the culprit.

Urgent Plea and Emotional Toll

Mrs. Suleiman, still in pain from the recent delivery, implored relevant authorities to assist in the swift recovery of her newborn.

The heartbreaking incident has raised questions about the security protocols in place and has left both hospital staff and the community in shock.

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