Lagos, 12 May, 2020 / 2:25 am (ACI Africa).
An official of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Lagos has responded to claims that the staff at St. Raphael Divine Mercy Specialist Hospital in the country’s largest city, Lagos stole and sold off a twin baby soon after delivery, dismissing the allegations as “baseless and unsubstantiated.”
The claims were made by 31-year-old Faith Obinna and her husband, Obinna Alo who accused the hospital staff of stealing one of their babies soon after caesarean section delivery that took place March 6, according to local media reports in Africa’s most populous nation.
“We wish to stress here that our Hospital (St. Raphael Divine Mercy Specialist Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos) maintains that the allegations and accusations are untrue, baseless and unsubstantiated,” the Director of Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Lagos, Fr. Anthony Godonu has stated in a Monday, May 11 press statement.
Fr. Anthony clarified that the press statement became necessary “because of the incessant threats and financial demands of the hospital made by this couple for their claims to be assuaged.”
In the one-page statement posted on the Archdiocese of Lagos Facebook page, the Nigerian cleric clarifies that while it is true that Mrs. Obinna delivered at the mission hospital, “it is not true” that she had given birth to twins.