Hardship made me abandon my newborn in front of Lagos orphanage – Lady opens up

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Fatai Owoseni, Lagos CP

Fatai Owoseni, Lagos CP

The Commander, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, ACP Olatunji Disu, on Wednesday said investigations have begun into the case of a young lady who attempted to dump her 27-day-old baby in front of an orphanage in Magodo area of the state during the weekend.

 

The lady, Jegede Sarah, a native of Imesi Ile in Osun State, was about dropping the baby along CMD Road when she was arrested and taken to the RRS office in Magodo.

According to Sarah, she had gone to the orphanage home with the intention of handing her baby over to the officials.

She alleged that on her arrival, the senior officials of the orphanage were not around since it was a Sunday.

In her confession before newsmen in the RRS headquarters in the state, the lady blamed the harsh economy in the country for her action, stating that she could no longer take care of the baby due to her environment and lack of money.

She said, “I came to Lagos in 2009. I lived with my mother at No.1, Ejo Street, Igando.

“It was my mother that used to pay the house rent. One day, we didn’t just see her again. She didn’t come back home.

“She didn’t leave home with anything; all her things are still there. I don’t know her whereabouts. But when the rent expired, I had no choice but to leave the house.

“That was over a year ago. I live inside market, just any space to sleep.”

On who was responsible for the pregnancy, the lady said, “I only know him as Sunday. I don’t know his surname. I don’t know his parents. I don’t know his whereabouts too.

“That day, I went to sell pure water but before I came back, he had packed all his belongings and disappeared, leaving me behind.

“I gave birth to my baby at Ikotun market,” she said, disclosing to the RRS operatives that the baby was yet to be christened, since she had no intention of keeping her.

The Commander said she was nabbed at about 9.00 a.m. on Sunday.

He said the attention of officers of the RRS was drawn by some residents and traders who suspected something was wrong.

“The operatives got there and brought the situation under control.

“The lady and her baby were later transferred to the Isheri Divisional Police Station and investigations are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspect responsible for the pregnancy,” he added.

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