Kano State Hisbah officials have arrested one woman, Salomi Jerome, and her husband, Igina Salomi, for allegedly trafficking a newborn baby from Delta State to Kano.
Sheikh Harun Muhammad Sani Ibn-Sina, the Commander General of the Shari’a compliance board, confirmed the incident in a video clip, adding that they were arrested in a motor park, after suspicious movement of the female suspect found with a little baby.
Sheikh Ibn-Sina further added that upon investigations, the female suspect had earlier claimed to have given birth to the baby, while pretending to be breastfeeding the baby as at the time the officers of the board confronted her, only to find the suspect was holding a dead baby.
In his words, Ibn-Sina stated that “On the 15 May 2021, our men attached to the motor park nabbed a woman, Salomi Jerome, 40-year-old, carrying a newborn baby boy. She was accompanied by a man, Igina Salomi, 50-year-old, she claimed was her husband but that we found out to be untrue.
“Investigation revealed that the baby was not her baby. The baby was bought from a nurse working with a hospital in Asaba, Delta State. Further investigation also revealed that the baby was not well and even later confirmed dead.
“We further discovered that the alleged husband contributed N150,000 while she contributed N350,000 as they raised N900,000 to buy the baby. We have handed over the matter to the police for further investigation into the matter.”
The Hisbah Commander General, however, urged the general public to report any suspected character or suspicious movement to relevant authorities while reiterating the agency’s commitment to eradicating all forms of vices in the society.