President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday directed that security around hospitals in Anambra State be beefed up against the kidnap of newborns.
It has been reported that some gunmen attacked a maternity hospital in Nkpologwu in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State on Tuesday, taking away four newborns.
In a Friday statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President ordered security operatives to get to the root of the matter.
The statement titled ‘President Buhari directs law enforcement agencies to solve Anambra babies’ kidnap’ read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over the reported kidnapping of five newborn babies in Anambra State, directing that the rising crime rate in the areas be reduced without any delay.
“The reported kidnapping occurred at Stanley Hospital, Nkpologwu, in the state. The attackers picked the babies and zoomed off. In expressing his concern about the strange incident, President Buhari said this case must be solved immediately. He directed that security at hospitals must be foolproof so that attacks of this nature do not happen again.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of the National Medical Centre, Nkpologwu, Dr Stanley Izuehie, said contrary to reports, gunmen did not take away four children from its facility.