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Woman arrested with dead baby in Lagos


A mob almost set ablaze a woman who was arrested with a dead baby at the weekend in Lagos. It was gathered that the incident occurred at the Mile 2 Oke area of Amuwo Odofin in Lagos State. She was said to have been rescued by a team of policemen attached to the state Rapid Response Squad (RRS). Recovered from the woman were the dead baby, two bags containing clothes, drugs and baby food. It was gathered that the woman had been sighted in the area with the child strapped to her back for three days. A witness said: “One man in a commercial bus alerted us that the child on the back of the woman was motionless. This attracted some curious passengers in the bus that were trapped in a gridlock. One of the passengers went close to the woman and shook the baby. But before we could confirm anything, people gathered around and attempted to set the woman ablaze. But for the timely arrival of policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad, she would have been killed.”

[eap_ad_1] When newsmen interrogated the woman, she said: “I am from Delta State, but I was born in Lagos. I have three children and there is nothing wrong with me. The baby on my back is the last of my three children. He has been ill, in fact, he had fever and needed blood transfusion but I could not afford the money for it. He died three days ago. Before he died, we wanted to travel to the village. My husband lives in Port Harcourt.” When asked for the phone number of her husband, she said: “The paper on which I wrote his number has been destroyed by rain. I don’t have any relative in Lagos.” A police source said the Force was still trying to unravel the mystery behind the incident. The senior police officer said: “We can’t say the motive yet. We cannot confirm if it was kidnapping or murder until after investigation.” When contacted, Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lelma Kolle, said: “Well I heard it on our radio message, but I have not been officially briefed. I tried to confirm from both the Orile and Festac Divisional Police Officers because both share the jurisdiction but none seems to know anything about it.” (Daily Trust)


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