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Police Arrest Five Health Workers Over Missing Baby’s Umbilical Cord And Placenta



Operatives of the Kwara State Police Command have arrested five health workers over the alleged mysterious disappearance of the umbilical cord and placenta of a newborn baby in Oke-Ero Local Government Area.

The incident reportedly occurred at the cottage hospital in Iloffa last Sunday. The suspects, currently detained in Ilorin following their interrogation on Thursday, include Dr. Ajibola, nurses Rukayat Adeloye, Aishat Awolusi, Peace Alabi, and Toyin Adewunmi, a ward attendant.

Sources revealed that it took significant efforts from elders of the Odo-Owa community to prevent agitated youths from torching the hospital in response to the incident.

On Friday, Mrs. C.B. Williams, the mother of the baby and an English teacher at Orofa High School, Odo-Owa, spoke about the issue. She explained that she raised the alarm after the doctor and nurses who delivered her 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,” she added.

When reached on Friday, police command spokeswoman Ejire-Adeyemi Toun confirmed the incident and stated that a discreet investigation is now underway.

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