For 20 years, Professor Mike Ike Okwudili did know he had a female child, nor did he know that his 20-year-old son was actually a twin.
However, except for providence, he might never have known that hospital staff conspired to steal the female twin his wife, Mrs. Gloria Okwudili gave birth to in hospital at Enugu two decades ago.
Mrs Okwudili had her ‘only child’ 20 years ago at a private hospital, Madonna Infirmary Hospital, owned and operated by one Dr Oguannua, a consultant gynaecologist with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu.
Having experienced difficulty in childbearing, she was delivered of ‘a baby boy’ on July 2002, five years after her marriage in 1997 and was only too happy to have been blessed with a child.
Dr. Okwudili a rector of one of the private Polytechnics in Enugu has shops attached to his residence at Thinkers Corner at the Coal City of Enugu. Following the ASUU strike, the young lady, a student at Alex Ekwueme Federal University (AEFU), Ebonyi, decided to learn sewing.
As it turned out the shop where she was doing her apprenticeship was one of those rented out by Dr. Okwudili. As time progressed, neighbours reportedly started pointing out resemblance between the young lady and Dr. Okwudili’s wife. People in the area would ask her if she was a daughter of Mrs Gloria Okwudili. Others even approached Mr. Okwudili to say she never told anyone she had a daughter.
When the rumour got stronger the young sewing apprentice allegedly started going to the house when she is hungry to request for food and over time Mrs Okwudili took a liking for her. Sometime later, Mrs. Okwudili found out that the girl has eye problems and decided to take her to an eye clinic. The doctor was said to have pointed out the resemblance between the two. He further discovered that the eye problem is exactly the same as that of her son and that the girl’s prescription for glasses is exactly the same with that of her son.
He then advised that she probes into the girl’s paternity. In the meantime, they discovered that the girl shared same birthday with their son, and that her place of birth was the same hospital where their son was born.
A DNA test according to sources was carried out and the results came back 99.9 percent positive. The girl’s ‘parents’ were then invited, and they reportedly confirmed she was adopted.
But dissatisfied with the outcome of the DNA and their ‘daughter’s’ decision to return to her biological parents, the adoptive parents reported the bizarre occurrence to the police who are said to be looking into the matter.
What Allegedly Happened
The baby was reportedly given to one Mrs Chidimma Mariatha Agulanna, a nurse who later worked and retired from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). She was said to have allegedly connived with Dr Oguannua, the owner of Infirmary Hospital now closed.