Baby Kidnapped From Labour Room

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Gunmen snatch newborn immediately after birth
This sounds like a fairy tale but it is true.
Gunmen have invaded the labour room of a maternity home in Nkwoegwu, Ohuhu, in
Umuahia North LGA of Abia State and took away a baby delivered a few minutes
back, while nurses were battling to save the mother from bleeding to death. The
baby, a boy was still dripping with blood when the evil men seized and folded it with the bed sheet in
which it was lying.

The mother, Mrs. Eberechi Ihezukwu, says she still thinks that she is in one
deep dream, which she will wake up from. “I only heard the cry of my baby and I
asked the nurse its sex and she told me that it was a baby boy. I have had
three girls for my husband and this is the first male child. My heart was
joyful as I felt that I have got an identity in my husband’s house.

With the joy, I was happy that if the nurses stopped the bleeding, its arrival
would be a consolation for my travails. “Now see what they have done to me. My
breasts are heavy with milk; it is a burden I have refused to bear. They should
please bring back my baby to suck my breasts. I refuse to believe that my baby
has gone; the God who put it in my womb for nine months before its delivery
will fish out the perpetrators and my baby will be brought back to me.
Peace will continue to elude those who have taken it until they bring it back
to me,” Mrs. Ihezukwu prayed. Her husband, Clifford Ihezukwu, a
radio/television repairer, said what was too much for him to understand was how
the police, who he reported the incident to. turned him into a suspect and
locked him up in a cell for two days (Tuesday to Thursday) until he allegedly
bailed himself with N15, 000.
“On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at about 2pm, my wife who was already heavy
with a baby told me she was going to hospital (Our Lady of Apostles, Nkwoegwu,
Ohuhu, Umuahia North LGA of Abia State) where she normally puts to bed. Later,
she phoned me, seeking for my consent as the nurses wanted to give her hot drip
to help her deliver of the baby since during her three previous pregnancies,
there was no time she was given such hot drip before she put to bed. Instantly,
I gave my consent if that would be the solution to the problem.
I learnt that the drip was at about 6pm. By 7pm, I went there to see her since
it is within a short distance from my home. When I got to the maternity, I saw
my wife’s sister rejoicing; she told me that my wife had just put to bed. I
thanked God and told her to take charge while I went back to check what I was
cooking. I was there when she rushed back to the house and was shouting: “My
stomach! My stomach!” I asked her what was amiss and she told me that gunmen
invaded the maternity, kicked her in the stomach after overpowering the
security man and collected everybody’s cell phones, including that of my wife
who was still inside the labour room where the nurses were battling to stop the
bleeding after the delivery.
They dashed into the labour room, grabbed the baby who was still dripping with
blood and dashed off. My wife was not yet conscious of what was going on as she
battled for survival after the nurses had administered her with some injection
to stop the bleeding. So, I rushed to the maternity. When I got there, the
whole place was locked; I went round knocking at the windows until someone
opened. When they narrated how gunmen carried out their operation and took my
baby away, I took my wife and went straight home.
“When I later came back to the maternity, soldiers had besieged the arena.
After asking questions, the soldiers picked the five nurses and I told them
that my wife was still bleeding and appealed to them to allow one nurse to
attend to her and they obliged me. After some time, policemen came and asked us
what happened and I told them what transpired. Then, they asked me to come to
the station in the morning and report the matter officially.
They asked me and I directed them to the home of the owner of the maternity and
they left. In the morning, I was attending to my wife and children when they
came and asked me why I had not come to the station as they directed me. Then,
I told them that I was still attending to my wife and children and would soon
be with them. Shortly after, I went to Afugiri Police Station to make an entry.
On getting there, the policemen who came to my house earlier were not present
so I waited for about four hours before they came back as I was told that they
went to Umuosu, the home of the owner of the maternity.
I told the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) what I knew about the matter. When
he asked why I left the maternity I told him that I went to feed my children
and look after my wife who was still down. After another two hours, I told them
that I was going to eat and see how my wife and children were doing. As I was
speaking with him, he ordered that I should be kept behind the counter. My
brother who came with me had to go and buy malt and snacks for me to eat
because I was already famished. “Then the owner of the maternity, Mrs. Dan
Mbakwe and her husband came with my Sister- in-Law. About 4pm,
I asked them what my offence was and why I should not be allowed to go home and
see my family, but the policemen kept mute. After some time, they started
intimidating and telling me that I was the number one suspect in the case and
that I would soon be taken to see the Commissioner of Police and I said ok. “At
about 5 pm, they brought out a Hilux van, put me, my sister in-law, Mrs. Mbakwe
and her husband and the securityman at the hospital in it and took us to the
State CID headquarters. At the State CID, I told them my story and they told me
that it was late for me to be released and that I would be locked up till the
next day.
They asked me to pull off my dress and then hauled my sister and me in-law into
cell. But they kept Mrs. Mbakwe, her husband and the securityman at the
counter. Then they all left and handed over to another set of policemen on duty.
“In the morning, just before people started coming to work, they put us (the
trio) into cell for about an hour to look as if all of us had been inside the
cell all night. I then asked the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) what my
offence was and he told me that no one had come for me. He said that he had
asked them to bring N20, 000 for my bail. ‘Are you asking that amount of money
from some one who had been passing through such a trauma?’ I asked the man who
came for me later – Chief Ukaobasi.
I told him to look into my trouser pocket at the counter, maintaining that I
had N8, 000 inside it. He found the money intact, added N2, 000 to it and paid
the police with a promise to bring a balance of N5, 000 if they released me. On
Thursday, they released me to go home. I then borrowed N5, 000 from a neigbour
and sent to them to bring the total sum to N15, 000. But by I pm on that
Thursday, the owner of the hospital and the security man were released. That is
what I’m passing through. “I wonder why I should be made to go through this
after my baby had been kidnapped and my wife left at a point of death.
“The name of the lady who signed my bail bond is Chioma. I ran to the police to
help me because I had nobody and the police threw me into cell and turned me
into a suspect instead of helping me to look for my stolen child. I am calling
on the relevant authorities to come to my rescue. I have no one to fight for
me,” he lamented. When contacted on phone, the State Commissioner of Police,
Mr. Ambrose Aisabor, who was shocked said he was not aware of the matter.
“Where did this happen; I’m not aware of this incident; I have to find out,”
the CP replied. When Daily Sun visited the maternity along Nkwoegwu road in
Ohuhu. It was under lock and key. Daily Sun also visited the home of the
Mbakwes, owners of the maternity at Umuosu, Okauga and did not find any body at
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Source: Sun

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