The Police in Ondo State have arrested a nurse, health assistant and security guard at the Comprehensive Health Centre, Emure-IIe, Owo Local Government Area, over the mysterious disappearance of a baby’s placenta.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Olufunmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, explained that the three persons were arrested after the 23-year-old father of the new born baby, Tunde Ijanusi, made a complaint of the incident at the Emure-Ile Police Division H. She said the 19-year-old nursing mother gave birth to a baby girl on June 15 at the health center and when the father of the baby asked for the placenta, the nurse and her assistant could not produce it.
Speaking with the newsmen, the father of the baby, Ijanusi, said that he was worried after health workers who took the delivery failed to give them the placenta of the new born in line with tradition. Also speaking, the paternal grandmother of the baby, Mrs Funmilayo Ijanusi, said that the report by the hospital officials that a dog entered the facility and stole away with the placenta was unacceptable. She said that the personnel of the health center personnel had attempted to persuade the family to let go of the matter offering to discharge the mother of the baby without collecting any money.ĺ
“The importance of the placenta to the family according to some community elders is enormous. And the placenta tells more about the child’s glory hence dangerous to be in the wrong hands.
Though the joy over the new born is tainted with sadness, the family are clinging unto hope that spirited Nigerians and government to the missing placenta and serve justice on those involved,” the grandmother said.