Man arrested for stealing baby’s placenta in Ogun State
A 43-year-old man, Joshua Abraham, has been arrested by officers of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly stealing his neighbour’s baby placenta.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect allegedly went to the hospital where the baby was delivered, claimed to be the father and collected the placenta.
However, he was busted when the baby’s grandmother Raliha Zakara, got to the hospital and requested for the placenta, she was told that Abraham had taken it away.
The PPRO revealed that the suspect was arrested following a report by Raliha at the Ibafo Police Station.
“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.”
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the suspect was on bail for allegedly defrauding a policeman and a pastor.
“Upon the report, the DPO, Ibafo Division, SP Abiodun Ayinde, detailed his detectives to the scene, where the suspect was arrested, Oyeyemi said.
“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, has ordered that a thorough investigation should be carried out and that the suspect should be charged as soon as possible.