A 17-year-old girl has been arrested in Abuja after she gave birth to a baby all by herself and dumped the infant.
A 17-year-old girl identified as Chidinma Ugwu, has been arrested by the police in Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, after she allegedly dumped a day-old baby girl she gave birth to at a refuse site at Phase 2, Site 2, in the area, reports Daily Trust.
It was reported that Ugwu was brought from her home town in from Enugu State to work as a housemaid for a family, was able to hide the pregnancy till she put to bed all by herself and to dispose of the baby, had wrapped it inside a nylon bag and carefully lowered it behind their compound through the wall on to the refuse site.
A neighbour who spoke to newsmen, said when people noticed her protruding stomach after some months and asked her about it, she said having big tummies was hereditary in her family.
“Some of the neighbours even advised her to engage in physical fitness exercises in order to trim down the protruded tommy,” the neighbour said.
On the day she put to bed, it was gathered that when she went into labour, she quickly sent the children of her madam away, locked herself up in the room, and delivered the baby all by herself.
She then cut off the placenta, flushed it in the toilet and cleaned herself up and the entire room.
According to the neighbour, her madam came back later and noticed that her protruding tummy had gone down considerably and that she was still going about her household chores.
But Ugwu's secret was revealed when the new born baby was later discovered by a neighbour who raised an alarm and the police were alerted. The residents of the area put two and two together and told the police to question the girl and she confessed that she was the one that dumped the baby.
The baby was handed over to Ugwu's mistress while she was arrested.
The Kubwa Divisional Police Officer, CSP Nurudeen Sabo, confirmed the incident and said that investigation is ongoing.
The same incident of child abandonment occurred on August 28, when a one day old baby was found abandoned in a bush in Barwa village along Airport Road in Abuja.
Also in the month of July, residents of Akala Street in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, were thrown into a state of shock and surprise when they woke up to discover the decomposing body of a new born baby which had been dumped in a gutter in the area.