Police Reportedly Arrest, Detain 2-Month Old Baby, Mother Over Unpaid Hospital Bill In Ogun - AMEBO ONLINE NEWSPAPER

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Police Reportedly Arrest, Detain 2-Month Old Baby, Mother Over Unpaid Hospital Bill In Ogun

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A two months old baby boy with mother, Ima Essien, and grandmother, Blessing Etim were detained by the men of Ajuwon police division, near Akute, Ogun State.

The family of three was arrested by the policemen upon an alleged instruction from the management of Life seed hospital, Elijah bus stop, Life, Lagos.

 Trouble began for the family when they couldn’t afford to pay the sum of N90,000, a hospital bill of Ima’s child delivery with the Caesarian section.

Upon their inability to settle the bill, Mrs Blessing who was an auxiliary nurse with the hospital resolved to settle it while a deduction of N20,000 would be deducted from her N30,000 monthly salary.

Speaking with our correspondent, a relative of the victims, Janet, said “It was a pathetic case of arrest and abuse of human rights of Blessing Etim, her daughter Ima Essien and her newborn baby by men and officers of Ajuwon police station (blue house).

A human right activist who attempted to mediate in the case but denied attention by the police officers, Bar Toyin Ndidi, said “The woman, her daughter and grandchild of two months old were locked up by the police on the orders of the owner of Life Seed Hospital, Elijah bus stop, Ishaga because they couldn’t pay up the hospital bill. The agreement was for the hospital management to deduct the payment of N90,000 from the salary of blessing Etim, the grandmother who also works as an auxiliary nurse at the hospital but because madam Blessing questioned the sterility of the tools which were used on her daughter after the caesarean section on another patient who was HIV positive, the hospital terminated her appointment. Now the police are used as a debt recovery institution in a purely civil case.

 Although the daughter and her baby have been released yesterday after the baby started running temperature, the poor grandmother is still being detained. I went to the police station and met one Inspector Ola and the crime officer Modupe Ogundipe, both of them refused to give me attention.

Narrating her ordeal Essien who delivered in the hospital with Caesarean section, said she was dragged on the floor by the police officers while trying to arrest her despite her condition.

“I was dragged on the floor by the police officers that came to arrest me and my baby despite my condition. The whole issue started when I wanted to give birth to my baby through the caesarean section in the hospital. We could not afford the bill which was N90, 000 but my mummy who worked at the hospital promised to be paying N20, 000 from her monthly salary and the management agreed. But later when they had a misunderstanding with my mummy they stopped giving me treatment and other things. And this was three days after their operation. My condition became worse than the wound on started degenerating because they had stopped treatment for me. After two weeks of struggle with them, I left the hospital to stay in my church at Bariga. This is where the police came to arrest me and my mother with my baby.

They carried me and my baby into the station at Ajuwon and they kept us in a cell for more than two days without food. After the two days, I fainted and they rushed to a hospital at midnight. They later released me and my baby when they realized that he was running a high temperature while my mother was detained.”

Meanwhile, further findings revealed that the grandmother was later granted bail with the sum of N7000 by the Ajuwon police officers.

All efforts to speak with the management of the alleged hospital was not as successful as their phone number was not reachable.

Ogun State Police Public Relation Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi promised to get back on the matter, but couldn’t as at press time.

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