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In Kwara, doctor, nurses arrested over missing placenta, umbilical cord

Following the mysterious disappearance of the umbilical cord and placenta of a newlyborn baby in the Oke-Ero local government area of Kwara, the state police command has arrested five health workers in connection with the incident.

According to Daily Trust, it was gathered that the incident occurred at the cottage hospital in Iloffa last Sunday.

According to reports, the suspects, who are currently being detained in Ilorin after interrogation on Thursday, include one Dr Ajibola, nurses Rukayat Adeloye, Aishat Awolusi, Peace Alabi and Toyin Adewunmi, a ward attendant.

The traumatised mother of the baby, who happened to be a teacher in Orofa High School, Odo-Owa, Mrs C.B Williams, said on Friday that she raised the alarm after the doctor and nurses who delivered the baby failed to produce the placenta and umbilical cord.

“Some of their staff started telling me they’re sorry that there was a mistake. The attendant said she had thrown the placenta inside a pit, but they could not find it, suggesting a dog might have eaten it.

“That was When I flared up with some members of my church who were also present that it’s not possible that they just have to present the placenta”.

Mrs Williams’ father, Mr Rufus Sanya, said he suspected foul play.

“How could an umbilical cord and a placenta of a new baby be missing when we all know the implication?

“I urge the police to do a thorough investigation and unravel the mystery behind this disappearance. That is only when justice would be said to have been served, and we would be at peace with ourselves,” he said.

Contacted on Friday, the spokeswoman of the police command, Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, confirmed the incident, adding that operatives have commenced a discreet investigation into the matter.

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