Some armed robbers on Sunday night allegedly invaded the paediatric unit of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and stole three new born babies and some cash.
The robbers, numbering about 10, also reportedly stole mobile telephones and beat up the nurses on duty as well as nursing mothers and pregnant women in an operation that eyewitnesses said lasted for less than 10 minutes.
A nursing mother, Mrs Helen Eteng, said the incident did not last up to 10 minutes.
Punch correspondents gathered from health workers and patients, who were victims of the robbery attack, that the robbers did not wear masks, were well armed and easily gained entry into the maternity section, and moved from bed to bed to pick up the babies.
Nurses and other health workers were seen discussing the incident in hushed tones on Monday morning.
A nurse seen consoling a sobbing nursing mother narrated to journalists what happened but pleaded not to be named.