arrested by the police in the Ajangbadi area of Lagos State, for
allegedly dumping her day-old baby girl by the roadside.
hails from Enugu State, was arrested on Tuesday by policemen at the
Ilemba Hausa division, after residents of Solimo Street raised the
31-year-old Eme met her lover, identified only as John, who worked as a
contract worker with a company in the area, in March 2015.
the sight of the baby, after which the police were alerted and the baby
was traced to Eme. She was subsequently arrested.
salesgirl at a supermarket at Church bus stop in Ajangbadi. I met John
last year and we started dating.
early this year, I called John and he said he was travelling and he was
not prepared to take care of any child. Since then, he had not come to
see me, and his mobile phone number had been switched off.
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.
reported at the police station and the baby was traced to me. It was
poverty that forced me to abandon the girl by the roadside.”
Fatai Owoseni, said after the baby had received medical attention, she
would be transferred to the appropriate government agency for
connection with the abandonment of a baby. She told the police that she
abandoned the baby because she did not know the father of the child.
custody and she is receiving medical care. The suspect is with us and
investigation is ongoing. The baby will be taken to the appropriate
government agency for rehabilitation.”