Posted on: Fri 24-05-2024

The Kwara State Police Command has arraigned four workers of the Cottage Hospital, Iloffa in Oke-Ero Local Government Area in the state for the alleged missing baby placenta and umbilical cord in the hospital.

The four suspects brought before two Kwara Magistrates Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday and Thursday were Dr Ajibola Joseph, the resident doctor in the hospital, the Matron of the hospital, Mrs Olanrewaju Joseph and Mrs Peace Alabi, a nurse who took delivery of the baby and Mrs Toyin Adewumi, a ward attendant.

A teacher at Orota Community Secondary School, Odo-Owa in the Oke-Ero Local Council Area, Mrs Bukola Williams, had reported to the police the alleged missing placenta and umbilical cord of her daughter which she reportedly was delivered of at the hospital penultimate Sunday.

The teacher, our correspondent learnt, had alleged that a black nylon bag handed over to her by the hospital staff on discharge from the hospital after the delivery of her baby did not contain the placenta and the umbilical cord of her baby.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the Police First Information Report said Dr Ajibola Joseph and the matron, Mrs Olanrewaju Joseph, were charged with alleged negligence before the court.

According to the FIR, the two medical professionals were arraigned before the Magistrate Court on Wednesday for committing an offence titled, “Negligent conduct causing danger to person or property contrary to Section 196 of Penal Code Law of Nigeria.”

The duo were however granted bail by Magistrate A. A. Issa while the case was adjourned till June 26, 2024, for further hearing.

Meanwhile on Thursday, in another Magistrate Court presided by Chief Magistrate Qudus Adebayo, the bail application for Mrs Alabi Peace, who took the delivery and the ward attendant, Mrs Adewunmi Toyin, who allegedly disposed of the missing placenta, was denied.

While Oluwaseun Ikubami and C.M. Chima appeared for Mrs Adewunmi Toyin, Chief Isaac Adebayo and Mrs Bukola Owoniyi stood as the defence counsel for Mrs Peace Alabi.

Hassan Sheu represented the complainant, Mrs Williams, during the trial of the case at the court.

Though Chief Magistrate Adebayo said his court lacked jurisdiction in the case, he denied bail to the two suspects due to what he described as “the sensitivity of the matter.”

After the arguments of both parties, Adebayo ruled, “I have considered the application of the counsel on the bail of the two defendants and I hereby rule that the bail applications are refused. They are to be remanded at the Federal Correctional Facility in Ilorin.”

The case was adjourned till June 13, 2024, for a hearing.