Police in lagos state has arrested a 19-year-old woman, Ayomide Adebayo, for dumping her two-month-old baby in the bush in Ikorodu area of lagos. It W...
It Was gathered that Ayomide Adebayo, a nursing mother, was allegedly impregnated by Martins Tewogbade, who lives in Bariga area of lagos.
Martins Tewogbade family however reportedly rejected the baby and some how she relocated with the baby to a friend’s house in Igbode in Ogun State.
From the report it was told that Adebayo engaged in a conversation with a worker at a Cherubim and Seraphim Church in the area and pleaded the woman to take custody of the child.
The woman Accepted the baby and take care of the all the custody, until Saturday, June 10, when Adebayo went to get her child, she was said ,Mrs Joke Fatai, have tied the baby’s mouth and nose, and dumped her in the bush and returned to Bariga, telling people that the child is dead.
On sunday it was revealed that the baby was found by some members of the vigilance group in the early hours of Sunday in a bush in Ikorodu Lagos State.
The babysitter and residents of Igode eventually traced Adebayo to Bariga.
Yusuf Tolagbe, a resident owner in the area said an angry crowd wanted to beat up the mother, but Child rights organisation in the area, interrupted.
“Ayomide Adebayo mother died shortly after giving birth to her. Her father’s whereabouts is unknown. She was living with an elderly man. She has finished her secondary school education.
“Last year, the man observed that she was pregnant. After prodding her, she said it was Martins (Tewogbade), an apprentice, that impregnated her. But the boy’s parent did not accept the pregnancy, claiming that it belonged to a taxi driver, who they usually saw her with.
“She left the community after she gave birth in April and came back on Sunday, telling people that the baby was dead. It was when the woman (Fatai) and some people came on Monday with the baby that we discovered she was lying.” said yusuf.
Child Protection Network, Mr. Toyin Okanlawon, disclosed that the case was reported to the police at Bariga division, saying that the mother and Tewogbade had been transferred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command’s Headquarters in Ikeja Lagos.
He stated , “he explained that she saw the mother back the baby carelessly and corrected her. She later came to meet the woman to help her take care of the baby. The woman took care of the baby and Ayomide till June 10 when she carried the baby to the bush in Ikorodu. She tied her mouth and nose in an attempt to kill her, but the vigilantes saw the baby in the bush at night and rescued her.
“The boy did not deny to the police that he impregnated the girl. Presently, both of them are at the police command. The baby has been handed over to Martin’s mother for care.”
The police spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, revealed that the police would work with the state government to ensure the safe custody of the baby, while Adebayo and Tewogbola will be under investigations.
“For now, we cannot confirm that she attempted to kill the baby. She said she just dropped her in the bush. It is possible she wanted to abandon her and run away. We are still investigating and a test has to be conducted to determine her mental state.
“We will look for a guardian who can take care of the child. It may be a close relative or an institution made available by the state.