A 31-year-old woman has been arrested by the police for abandoning her one-day-old baby on the street.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the arrest on Thursday, September 15.
The suspect identified as Ifunayan Eme, who is an indigene of Enugu State, was arrested on Tuesday, September 13, during the Eid-el-Kabir holiday.
Owoseni revealed that the suspect allegedly delivered her baby girl at No. 1, Prince Bello Street, Ajagbandi in Ojo Local Development Area Council of the state.
He added that the suspect had the baby wrapped and dumped it on the street, with the police successfully tracing her after preliminary investigations.
“The baby is now in the Police Cottage Hospital located at Ikeja Police College for proper care.
“We are trying to reach A government agency that would rehabilitate the woman,’’ he said.
The suspect tells the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that hardship had forced her to abandon the child.
Eme also claimed to have been previously married with three children but had since separated from her husband before getting pregnant for another man who refused to take responsibility for the pregnancy.
The suspect added that her neighbours had alerted the police after she abandoned the baby by the gate of her compound at about 1 a.m.
“After I gave birth to the baby in the public toilet in our house, I wrapped the baby with a bag and dropped her outside our gate and went inside to sleep.
“I never thought of checking my baby again. I just wanted someone to find her and take her nothing more,’’ she said.
The suspect is currently in police custody as her baby receives the medical attention she needs.