Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 30-year-old woman, Risikat Olabintan for allegedly dumping her one-day old baby inside a soak away pit.
Olabintan was arrested on Sunday, November 17 at Ibukun Oluwapo Community in Ishaga Surulere area of Owode-Yewa area of the State.
Olabintan was said to have secretly delivered the baby earlier on Sunday morning and threw him inside the soak away pit.
She claimed that she could not single handedly take care of the baby together with other five children after the father of her children had abandoned her and ran away.
Olabintan, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was arrested following a distress call made by the members of the community to the Police that “when some children were playing at the backyard of their compound they heard the cry of a baby in the soak away and raised alarm.”
Oyeyemi said, the Police on receiving the information, quickly rushed to the scene of the incident and resumed with the assistance of members of the public.
“Investigation by the Police later revealed that it was Risikat Olabintan who gave birth secretly to the baby and threw him inside the soak away as early as 5am of that day.
“On interrogation, she made a confessional statement that she actually gave birth to the baby which is the sixth of her children and that she has no means of feeding them all since her husband has absconded to an unknown destination for quite some time now”, Oyeyemi disclosed.
Both the baby and the mother are presently in the hospital for medical attention and the baby is responding positively to treatment.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has directed that the case be transferred to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation.