Woman poses as hospital worker, steals newborn twin from maternity ward in Bauchi

A newborn twin was taken from the maternity section of the Bauchi hospital affiliated with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University.

Ibrahim Dallami Khalid, the father of the newborn twins, told Daily Trust that a woman impersonating as a hospital representative had taken his children.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the woman entered the ward where his wife and the twins were, according to Mr. Khalid.

He claimed that the impostor took the infant away and failed to return and that the woman had informed his wife that one of the twins required treatment at a different hospital unit.

“We assume that during visiting hours, a lady dressed as an official entered the room and met each patient.

 I saw the woman but I thought that my wife and her mother knew her,” he explained. 

“Later when I left the hospital, my wife asked her mother to bring eggs for her. As she tried to get the eggs, the suspicious woman came again and asked my mother-in-law where she was heading to. She responded and went out.

“The woman used the opportunity to sit close to my wife, told her that one of the twins is not well and she wanted to take the baby to the Special Baby Care. My wife allowed her to take the baby. Since then, there is no information on the baby’s whereabouts.”

Khalid said his wife has been unconscious since the incident happened.

The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr. Haruna Liman, described the incident as an unfortunate development.

“We were told that the culprit has established rapport with the patient and her relative who was staying with her and she had closely monitored their movements,” he said.

“When the culprit came to pick one of the babies, the mother voluntarily presented the child to her and nobody suspected anything until she raised the alarm that her baby is no where to be found.” 

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, also confirmed the incident, adding that investigation had commenced to arrest the suspect(s).

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