Unknown gunmen have attacked a maternity hospital in Nkpologwu, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, abducting four newborn babies.
Multiple sources in the community that the incident happened on Tuesday night, and was only made known to members of the community on Wednesday morning.
According to the source, “It happened in our community, and people have been discussing it since Wednesday morning.
“They said some gunmen stormed the hospital (name withheld) and took away four babies from the hospital. Newborn babies.”
According to the source, “From what people are saying in the community, no one was injured, and no one was killed in the attack too.
“The motive for the invasion of the hospital is yet to be known to anyone. However, there are different opinions on the motive behind the abduction of the babies.
“While some people say they could have taken the babies to sell them to childless individuals, others are saying their abduction could be for ritual purposes.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over the reported kidnapping of five newborn babies in Anambra State and directed that the rising crime rate in the areas be addressed without further delay.
The reported kidnapping occurred at Stanley Hospital, Nkpologwu in the state. The attackers picked the babies and zoomed off.
He said this in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Friday.
Buhari issued a directive for security to be intensified at the hospitals to prevent a reoccurrence, maintaining that the case must be resolved immediately.