A Muslim cleric and a nurse at a private hospital in the Ilorin metropolis, Kwara state, have been arrested by the state’s police command over the alleged sale of placenta of a baby born in the hospital.
The nurse who sold the placenta to the Muslim cleric for N20, 000, reportedly works in Oko-Erin area in the state. Their arrest came after father of the baby, Jimoh Abdulfatah, who brought his wife to the private hospital for a caesarian operation after unsuccessful efforts by his wife to have a normal delivery at both the Civil Service Clinic and the General Hospital, Ilorin, demanded for the placenta of his child after birth.
Abdulfatah who had forgotten to ask for the placenta on the day his wife was delivered the baby and had to come back when he remembered to demand for the placenta from the hospital, said that a senior nurse he met in the hospital had told him that the nurse attendant that was also on duty on the day of the operation, said she could no longer see the placenta where she had put it on the day of the delivery.
This raised eyebrows, and immediately the medical director of the hospital,alerted the police and the nurse attendant was subsequently arrested. Upon interrogation, the nurse confessed that she gave the placenta to one Muslim cleric in the town who was subsequently arrested.
The cleric who confirmed receiving the placenta from the nurse attendant but failed to produce it, said he threw it into into the river as he found that the placenta was useless for the purpose he wanted to use it for, adding that the baby was delivered through operation against a normal delivery that could have made the placenta useful. It was also gathered that Muslim cleric’s wife is pregnant.