Hundreds of Minna residents living around Fadikpe and Dutsen Kura Gwari in Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State on Monday gathered to watch a drowned baby pulled out from the river.
CityMirrorNews gathered that, the unknown mother who carried the pregnancy for nine months may have dumped the baby after delivery into the river in the wee hours.
Some of the people who reacted to the ugly incident condemned the ungodly act and call on the relevant authorities to search for the mother and make her pay for her actions.
According to one of the eyewitnesses who simply gave her name as Hassana, “when I got here, I saw people gathered and pointing towards the child. But we were not sure because some people thought it was a dead animal.
“The dead baby was floating on the river with hundreds of flies on it. It took the courage of this man (Ibrahim) to clear our doubts.
“He brought a shovel to remove it, lo and behold, it is a new born baby boy with his placenta still dangling”.
Another woman, Hajia Maimuna while raining curses on the unknown mother, said “why didn’t she dump the child where anyone can easily carry and save the baby’s life even if she is afraid of going to the orphanage?
“Gaskiya, (honestly) even if the wicked mother is not found and arrested, the wrath of Allah will be upon her all her life”.
Mallam Ibrahim who pulled the dead baby out however took the dead child to the Mai Angwan (Community Head) of Fadikpe who directed that the dead child be buried.
As at the time of filing this report, efforts to get the Niger state Child Rights Agency to speak on the issue proved abortive as no staff was ready to talk to the Press.
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