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Ondo Police Arrest Three Health Workers Over Missing Placenta

The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday said it had arrested three persons in connection with the disappearance of a newborn baby’s placenta at a health centre.

According to the police, the suspects included a nurse, a health assistant and a security officer. But the real identities of the suspects had not been revealed.

The suspects were said to be state government workers, who work at the Emure Ile Comprehensive Health Centre in Owo Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the concerned family member of the victim raised the alarm after the hospital workers failed to hand over the placenta to them after the delivery of the baby five days ago.

The 23-year-old father of the baby, Mr Tunde Ijanusi, explained that they were worried about the failure of the health workers to hand over the placenta of their newborn baby to them.

He said, “The baby girl was born on June 15, 2023, at the comprehensive health centre in Emure Ile, and since then the health workers that took the delivery have not given us the placenta. We are very worried about this.”

The worried father said necessary action must be taken to ensure that justice is served on the suspects.

The paternal grandmother of the baby, Mrs Funmilayo Ijanusi, stated that the hospital workers claimed that a dog had entered the facility, carting away the placenta.

She added that the hospital personnel had also been persuading the family to let go of the matter.

The state Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said an investigation was ongoing on the matter.

“The nurse, the health assistant and the security officer are already with us while investigation is ongoing,” the PPRO stated.

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