Police in Anambra State have arrested a 24-year-old woman on her way to bury a foetus aborted from her uterus.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed in a statement, said the chemist who performed the abortion on her was also arrested.
He said, “It would be recalled that on the 20/6/20 at about 9:pm, following a tip off, Police operatives attached 33 Division in collaboration with Nsugbe Vigilante group arrested one Chidera Nwaoga ‘f’ aged 24 years of Ofianta village Nsugbe but a native of Izzi LGA of Ebonyi State.
“Suspect was arrested with a premature baby girl concealed inside a rubber bucket on her way to bury the child inside the bush before she was apprehended.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman who was heavily pregnant approached a quack and untrained chemist, one Odimegwu Ikunne ‘m’ aged 51 years of Nando village but resides at Akpalagu village, Nsugbe who allegedly administered injection on her and aborted the pregnancy.”
Haruna said that further search at the premises of the quack chemist revealed some quantity of expired drugs/syringes, which were recovered.
“The girl who was weak because of loss of blood when arrested has now fully recovered due to urgent medical attention she received at Multicare hospital 33 since 20th June, 2020.
“Consequently, the decomposing baby was buried based on experts advise in order not to constitute health hazard to the public,” Haruna said.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, CP John B.Abang has ordered that the case be transferred to the State CID Awka for discreet investigation, please.