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Monday, 31 August 2015

Police storms suspected abortion clinic, arrest doctor, others

The Zone 5 police command have arrested a medical doctor and four nurses for allegedly conducting illegal abortion at a private clinic in Benin, Edo State.
It was learnt that the suspects were arrested by officers from the command on Wednesday, when they were allegedly caught in the act at the hospital, Ofure Royal Medical Centre, located on Upper Uwa Street.

It was also learnt that their arrest followed a complaint allegedly sent to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the zone, Mr. Musa Daura,‎ from a woman who alleged that her pregnancy was unlawful terminated by the‎ clinic.
It was gathered that a lifeless foetus, hospital equipment suspected to be abortion tools, and other items were allegedly recovered from the clinic.‎
The management was alleged to have been performing the illegal act for several years unnoticed.‎‎
But the Managing Director of the medical facility, Dr. Omokhomion Kingsley, denied the allegation, adding that the complainant had a case of miscarriage.
He explained that the woman had been rushed to the hospital with severe vaginal bleeding.
“It is not abortion; it is a case of miscarriage. The patient was rushed to my clinic with severe vaginal bleeding. The police already know,” he said.
However, the police said the matter was under investigation in the Zonal Criminal Investigation Bureau‎.
The acting spokesman for the zonal command, Emeka Iheanacho, who confirmed the arrest, said the police nabbed the suspects, after some officers, who had disguised as patients seeking abortion, were issued with hospital cards.
He said, “We are investigating a case of abortion, the hospital has been on surveillance.
“All of them were arrested because they were involved in the act and they are telling us their involvement in the act. As I am talking to you, the person involved is still lying in a hospital.
“Even some of our operatives, in a disguise, went there seeking abortion. So they booked them, charged them and issued them cards, not knowing that they were not there for abortion. So, they have been on surveillance.”

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