By O’star Eze
For the vigilance of nurses on duty at the maternity ward of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, 35 year old Dorothy Sunday would have made away with a five-day old twin baby boy last Wednesday. But, she failed and is now helping police operatives in solving the riddle behind the crime.
However, controversy has since overshadowed the baby theft as the suspect allegedly fingered the mother in the plot to sell the infant to raise money to take care of her medical bills and herself.
Orient Weekend reliably gathered that the suspect who hails from Izzi in Ebonyi state, successfully gained entrance into the maternity ward of NAUTH around 5pm that fateful Wednesday, pretending to be helping the mother of the twins, Mrs. Happiness Miracle Mmadu who delivered at the ward on January 25, 2019. However, luck ran out on her as she reportedly tried to escape with one of the twin babies shortly after their mother went to another section of the hospital to do her laundry.
Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that Dorothy was already making away with one of the twin babies when she was spotted by a nurse on duty who suspected foul play in the way she was carrying the baby raised alarm.
According to Mohammed the “suspect sneaked into the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi and stole a five Days old twin Baby Boy at the maternity ward of the hospital when the mother of the baby one Mmadu Happiness Miracle ‘f” Aged 22 years of Uruagu, Nnewi went to the hospital compound to wash her clothes. However, Luck ran out of the suspect when Nurses at the hospital gate saw her in a suspicious manner and raised alarm which led to her arrest.”
He further disclosed that the stolen baby was recovered from the suspect in good condition and that the case was still under investigation.
However, a source who claimed to have witnessed the incident disclosed that the suspect who claimed that the mother of the twins was her sister was leaving with one of the babies hidden in her handbag when she was accosted by one of the nurses who had come in to dress the beds in the maternity ward.
The source who refused to be named because she was not authorized to speak to the press, recalled: “A nurse went to dress the maternity bed where the twins were lying only to discover that one of the twin babies was no more there. She raised alarm and nurses at the ward went after Dorothy, who was already approaching the hospital gate.
“The nurses snatched her handbag, opened it and discovered that Dorothy hid the baby inside the bag; so, the baby was taken from her, and angry crowd pounced on her, beat her up, stripped her, and was about setting her on fire when police operatives from the Central Police Station, Nnewi arrived and whisked her away. The police also took Happiness Mmadu, mother of the twin babies, who said she hails from Onuimo LGA of Imo State.”
According to the witness, Dorothy was nearly stripped naked by her captors, and was already being mobbed before the intervention of some security agents and officials of the hospital who whisked her away before handing her over to the police.
The matter, however took a controversial twist when the suspect who later confessed to the crime, however claimed that she was invited by the mother of the twins, a single mother to help sell the babies. “I am a trader at the Relief Market, Onitsha. Happiness called me and told me that she delivered her twin babies through caesarian session; and was billed over N200,000. She begged me that she wanted to sell the babies to raise monies for hospital bill; and also take care of herself because her parents are not aware of her condition and that she had nobody to help her”, she allegedly confessed.
But, when Orient Weekend contacted the Chief Medical Director of NAUTH, Professor Anthony Igwuegbe, he debunked the claims, stressing that police investigators were yet to establish whether the mother of the twins actually conspired with the suspect to sell the babies or not. According to him, the 29 year old mother of the twins couldn’t have been so keen to raise money for hospital bill when she was not yet ready for discharge from the hospital as was rumoured.
On how the hospital is preparing against future occurrence, Igwuegbe said that the hospital management has increased the number of security officers in the hospital and ensured that they are stationed in all the hospital wards.
The CMD added that the hospital is holding security meetings to device more ways of improving the security of the hospital.
The PPRO also dismissed the claim that the mother of the infants was involved in the failed stolen baby crime, stressing that police investigation was still ongoing and that it would not leave no stone unturned in establishing the facts behind the crime.