The Kano Police Command has according to reports arrested a couple alleged of have stolen a day old baby from Muhammed Abdulahi of Wase Teaching Hospital, Kano.
DSP Abdulahi Haruna-Kiyawa disclosed this in a statement released on Saturday in Kano.
Haruna said one Rabiu Mohammed of Gayawa quarters, Ungogo Local Government Area, Kano made it known to the police that one one of the twin delivered by his wife had disappeared at the Wase Teaching, Hospital, Kano.
The Police confirmed the child to be missing on the 8th day of September, when a sister-in-law to the father, who was also looking after the babies slept off at the corridor of the maternity ward.
Haruna-Kiyawa said that upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu-Dikko, instructed a team of detectives led by SP Daniel Amah, to rescue the victim and arrest the culprits.
“The team immediately stormed the facility and launched a search operation.
“The hospital was sealed and thoroughly combed, but the baby could not be found,” he said.
He revealed that the suspects were arrested following an intelligence report.
“Intelligence report, led to the arrest of one Maryam Sadiq, 22, and her husband, one Abubakar Sadiq, 50 years, all of Rijiyar Zaki quarters, Kano.
“The baby was recovered from them in their home.
“During preliminary investigations, Maryam confessed to have taken away the baby from the hospital.
“She said her husband influenced her into committing the crime, as he been longing for a male child.”
Haruna-Kiyawa, further explained that the suspects were said to have organised a party to celebrate arrival of a male child in their family.
“That triggered doubts and suspicion, since their neighbours knew that Maryam was not pregnant,” he said.
He further stated that the baby had been reunited with the parents.
The case was also ordered by the Police Commissioner to be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Command for rigorous investigation.
The suspects will according to him be charged to court upon completion of investigations.