Unknown mother throws baby in waste-bin in Lagos

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Emotions were raised in the early Thursday morning as passers-by rain heavy course on an unknown mother, who dumped her dead baby in a refuse dump site in Lagos.

A baby girl dumped on pile of wastes alive at Costain in the early hours of Thursday died before help could reach her.

A baby girl dumped on the pile of wastes alive at Costain in the early hours of Thursday died before help could reach her.

The Renaissance gathered that the baby girl was discovered on refuse at Costain bus-stop, Apapa Road, Ebute Meta on Thursday.

The baby, dressed in a light-green unisex wear with a black cap, looked malnourished.

The identity of the mother of the baby is not known as at the time of filing this report.

Reacting, a sympathiser and residence of Apapa road said he saw the baby, still breathing when he was going to the office.

The sympathiser, who pleaded anonymity, said he called the Lagos State Emergency number so that the baby could be rescued.

He expressed disappointment that the emergency responders could not rescue the child before her death.

“Imagine this kind of tragedy, if the baby had been rescued on time, she wouldn’t have died.

“The Lagos State Emergency Unit has failed us,’’ he said.

Adeolu Aderogba, a trader selling bread beside the scene, said she resumed her morning routine trading around 7.00 a.m. only to discover the baby was dumped on the refuse.

“I found the baby when I came this morning. Whoever dumped the baby must be a very wicked person,’’ she said.

She remarked that babies were precious gifts from God and should be cared for, but some contemporary mothers seem to be careless and morally bankrupt.

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Also, Mr Opeyemi Rasheed, a businessman, said that the baby ought to have been buried normally instead of being dumped on refuse.

“A grave should have been dug instead of just depositing the baby by the roadside,’’ Rasheed said.

Mr Steven Yusuf, a mechanic, volunteered to report the incidence to the Mainland Local Government Area so that the corpse could be removed and buried properly.

“It is not good as the corpse is lying around.

“It can lead to an outbreak of diseases for the inhabitants of the area,’’ the Yusuf said.

As at 10.30 a.m. the corpse was still lying on top of refuse pile-up while flies perched on it.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Lagos State Command, CSP Chike Oti said the Iponri Police Division had been notified about the baby’s corpse.

Oti said that action was being taken, adding, however, that no arrest has been made in connection with the case.

By Oluwashina Iyanda

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