For dumping her day-old baby by the roadside around 3am on Tuesday, just two hours after her birth, the Ajangbadi Police Division of the Lagos State Police Command arrested 31-year-old Ifunanya Eme on Thursday.

The single mother, who claimed she dropped her baby because she had no means of feeding her, said the decision was made easier because the father of the baby abandoned her and ran away.

It was gathered that a passerby alerted the police after hearing the pitiful cries of the baby. The police arrived the scene and took the baby to a nearby hospital for check up, before they initiated an investigation to discover the mother.

Their first clue came when some neighbours alerted the Divisional Police Officer, Alim Musa, a Chief Superintendent of Police, about the pool of blood trickling out of a neighbour’s house. When the police got to the residence, the suspect was seen recuperating, while the baby was nowhere to be seen. The police questioned her once they confirmed from the neighbours that she was indeed pregnant. Ms Eme, who works as a sales person in a tricycles shop, admitted to the offence.

The suspect, who was paraded at the police command headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos, said although she works as a sales person in a shop that sells tricycles, she claimed she had just gotten the job and that the pay wasn’t much.

She said,
“I gave up my daughter because I had no help and my mother is dead. I don’t even know the whereabouts of her father.
“The only thing I know is that he told me he was traveling. Since that day till now, the  number he gave me can’t be reached.”


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