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Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has expressed its readiness to get to the bottom of the matter as to the where about of the body of a day old baby boy delivered at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
It could be recalled that Madam Suwaiba Abdul Mumin upon delivery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), was told the baby has expired. Her request for the body of the child to be given a Muslim burial was met with controversy as the hospital was unable to provide the corpse of the presumed dead still- born.
The family of Suwaiba in their quest to retrieve the baby, dead or alive went on an alleged rampage and assaulted some workers and patients at the hospital. They have been since arrested and been remanded by the court.
In an interview with Alhassan Suhuyini on the Gold Power Drive, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Eric Opoku said REGSEC will make sure that all those who have any connection to the loss of the baby will face the full rigours of the law.
He said the Police commenced investigations immediately the case was reported to them adding that the probe is still ongoing and not too late.
“Dealing with the situation, we have asked police to join hands with the BNI to make sure all those involved will face the full rigours of the law”.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman, Eric Opoku, further added that the mother certified that the baby is dead and thus she admitted being shown a dead baby. He however indicated that whether the baby is dead or alive is not in dispute but the disappearance of the body is what is creating doubts.
“We are basing it on the fact that the baby is dead and documentation prepared as such”, he said.
Ashanti Regional Security Council also blamed the Administrators of the Hospital for their failure to explain to the general public , mechanisms put in place to unravel the mystery hence speculations in the media which made the people angry.
“Speculations brought up the mob action. Law and order must prevail even when you are angry, you must behave in the confines of the law” he warned.
He said the REGSEC has since provided security for the hospital.
In a sharp rebuttal, the Editor of the Daily Post Newspaper, who first broke the news of the missing baby, said the child must be presumed to be alive till the body is found.
According to him , a section of the populace and the media are leading the citizens of this country” on a wild goose chase” .
“We are being led on a wild goose chase. We are not talking about a dead body, Suwaiba is sure her baby is alive” he indicated.
The Editor of the Daily Post Newspaper questioned the validity of the documents, which the aggrieved mother was made to sign certifying the death of her son.
“She went through a traumatic condition; she even collapsed in the process. She was not in the right frame of mind when she thump printed the document. You give a woman a document to thump print without a witness,” he lamented.
By : Doris Lomo/www.myradiogoldlive.com