A mother, Ifunanya Eme, is reported to have abandoned her new born baby on a sidewalk in Ajangbadi area of Lagos.
The 31-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday by policemen from Ilemba Hausa division, Ajangbadi, after residents raised an alarm.
Eme, a supermarket sales girl staying with her sister, was impregnated by her lover, identified as John, in 2015. She said inability to afford medical bills made her commit the act.
“I was delivered of the baby at home on Monday because I could not afford hospital bill. I am an orphan. So, when John left me, I did not have parents that I could give the baby to. I therefore decided to dump her by the roadside where kind-hearted people could pick her up.” she stated.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the baby would be taken to a hospital, and the mother rehabilitated.
“The suspect is with us and investigation is ongoing. The baby will be taken to the appropriate government agency for rehabilitation.” Owoseni said.
By Omobolanle Kougbe