By Luka Ibinnyat & Mayen Etim
KADUNA—A mentally-deranged woman, simply known as Hassana, gave birth in broad daylight to baby boy at Kaduna Central Market, yesterday.
Hassana delivered the baby in front of a bank adjacent the Kaduna State Media Corporation, KSMC, while hundreds of citizens watched her. Some women formed a circle around her, while one of them played the role of a midwife.
Hassana, 22, had wandered around the market for years until she was spotted in the last few months with pregnancy.
“She moves in tattered clothes, scavenging for food around this market,” an excited trader in the market told Vanguard shortly after she had been moved away.
“Now, someone has impregnated her and God has helped her to get a fine baby boy. Many people are looking for this blessing, but he chose to give it to a woman who is not even in her senses. And the father seems not to exist.”
Journalist to the rescue
Vanguard learned that Ibrahima Yakubu, a journalist with Deutsche Welles, DW, who was at the market at the time quickly provided money to convey both mother and child to the Yusuf Danstoho Memorial Hospital, Tudun Wada, Kaduna, for proper medical assistance.
Yukubu subsequently contacted the Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial disctrict, Senator Shehu Sani, who made some donations to both mother and child and also paid the hospital bills.
There were other donations from well meaning Nigerians to the new born baby and mother.
The items donated include packets of pampers, bottles of Olive oil, baby cloths, underwear, assorted baby foods and milks.