Oct 19, 2012 – Mother Of 5 Girls Steals Baby Boy To Save Her Marriage
A housewife who stole a one-month-old baby boy at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, has confessed that she carried out the evil act in a desperate bid to save her marriage. Mallama Halima, a 40-year-old mother of five children, said her husband divorced her because she could not bear him a male child. naijagists.com
Speaking at the GRA Police Station where she was detained following her
arrest, Halima said she was bitter after being divorced. She then
decided to steal the baby boy in a desperate bid to return to her
marital home. But her action has caused more problems as Halima’s
husband refused to accept her and the baby. It was learnt that he
maintained that he was not the one who fathered the child.
Halima’s husband, Daily Sun learnt, pressed his wife for details of how she came about the baby and Halima eventually confessed. The husband promptly advised her to return the baby and it was in the process of returning the baby that she was arrested.
Mother of the stolen baby, Hauwa, said she gave birth to her baby on
September 14 and was at the teaching hospital and was yet to be
discharged. Hauwa said the drama began on that fateful Monday, October 15, when she discovered that her baby was missing. She said, “I was sleeping when the nurse on duty came to administer drug on me. I went to the baby’s cot and did not see him.
I thought the nurse was attending
to him. When I went to meet the nurse on duty, she said the baby was not
with her too. And that was when we started looking for the baby.” The
missing baby’s father, Sani Mohammed, a trader, said the development was
a big trauma for his wife because that was her first delivery.
“We reported the matter at the GRA station and as God wants it, not
quite long after, the woman who stole our baby and her husband returned it to the hospital.” Daily Sun learnt that the incident put the nurse on duty in trouble as she was arrested but Halima, in her confession, said she acted alone.
Chairman of the Bauchi State Nursing and Midwives Association, Alhaji
Sagir told Daily Sun in an interview that he was optimistic that when
investigations were concluded, the nurse on duty would be released. “The
woman who stole the baby has been arrested and the nurse on duty is not
implicated in any way. Ours is a respected profession. We are involved
in saving human lives, caring for the sick and we are proud of our
When contacted, the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Alkali Mohammed Alkali,
told newsmen that probably the woman capitalised on the opportunity
given to visitors and relations of patients to steal the baby. Alkali
said the hospital management would henceforth intensify security
measures to ensure that such ugly incident did not repeat itself. (dailysun reports)