Despite the fear created from the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria, a disease that has drawn men, women and children to their maker, a 43-year-old man, Joshua Abraham, has still found a place for evil in his heart as he was nabbed with a baby’s placenta.
Ogun State Police Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed in a statement on Thursday the arrest of Abraham who allegedly stole his neighbour’s baby placenta.
It was reported that Abraham had visited the hospital where the baby was delivered, deceived the staffs of the hospital by claiming to be the father of the child and thereby demanded the placenta from a nurse.
Unlucky for him, upon receiving the placenta, the baby’s grandma whose name is given as Raliha Zakara arrived at the hospital and request for the placenta from the nurse.
She was told that Abraham (the self-proclaimed) father of the child had taken it away.
Given updates on Abraham’s arrest, Oyeyemi stated, “The suspect, who is a neighbour to Raliha, came to the hospital, where Raliha’s daughter was delivered of the baby and pretended to be the father of the newborn.
“He demanded the placenta from the nurse on duty and it was given to him. On getting the placenta, he took it away on the pretext that he was going to bury it.”
“But when the grandmother got to the hospital and was informed that the suspect had taken away the placenta, she quickly confronted him, but he told the grandmother that he had buried the placenta.
“When the grandmother insisted that she should be taken to where he buried it, it was discovered that he had hidden the placenta but buried a dead rat.”
Oyeyemi, however, noted that the culprit has been arrested following report from the grandmother.
“Upon the report, the DPO, Ibafo Division, SP Abiodun Ayinde, detailed his detectives to the scene, where the suspect was arrested,” said Oyeyemi.
“It was discovered that the suspect had once been arrested for defrauding a police officer and a pastor of huge sums of money under the pretext of procuring Canadian visas for them and the case is being prosecuted in court.
“He took detectives to where he hid the placenta and it was recovered.”
“The Commissioner of Police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered that a thorough investigation should be carried out and that the suspect should be charged as soon as possible,” Oyeyemi added.
In another news, Naijalog reported that the Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate release of suspects arrested over minor offences in the state, as part of preventive measures against coronavirus.
This was confirmed in a statement released by the State Police Spokesperson, Elkana Bala on March 21.
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