The newborn’s body parts were allegedly removed at a hospital in Asaba, Delta state, and the family accused the state police command of sabotaging the case.

It was allegedly removed on October 10, 2022, after the baby was confirmed dead in hospital.

The baby was taken to hospital on September 29, but died after 11 days of oxygen.

When they came to lift the body on Monday, they found his eyes, ears and face had been removed, the family said.

The deceased’s father, Promise John, 36, said on Wednesday police had exonerated the hospital from the case.

He said: “The case was taken to court but the police only charged the nurses and did not join the hospital. It was as if they received money from the hospital owner.

“There is an attempt to deny us justice; the police should also prosecute the hospital. As I speak to you now, the three nurses who were arrested have been released.”

Rights activist Victor Ojei has accused the police of bias.

Ogier said police not only acquitted the hospital but also referred the matter to a court without jurisdiction to hear the case.

He said the hospital was responsible, noting that police had so far not arrested the two men who were reported to have tampered with the hospital’s CCTV cameras during the investigation.

The activist said, “I traced them[family members]to the A Division jurisdiction. Once there, I found out that we had attempted unexplained organ harvesting in the wrong place. I asked the case’s IPO for fees. The charges on the sheet, he said they only charge nurses who are on duty.

“Why are the police blocking this thing that has made this family so distressed, because the mother’s caesarean section and the death of the child has brought great and painful grief to the parents; they are now experiencing painful emotions, grief, worry and anger.”

He called on the Nigerian Medical Association, the Delta State Attorney General, the National Human Rights Commission and others to ensure justice is done.

State Police public relations officer DSP Bright Edafe said the nurse involved had been arraigned, adding that there was no reason to join the hospital.

“In terms of court jurisdiction, the First Magistrate is the President of the Magistrates’ Court, why do they say it has no jurisdiction?” he added.

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