Civil defence arrests woman who dumped baby in cemetery

The woman reportedly confessed to the act.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa has arrested a 25-year-old woman for allegedly dumping her new born baby girl in a graveyard in Kazaure Local Government.

The NSCDC commandant in the state, Muhammad Gidado, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Dutse that the suspect was arrested on Friday at Ilallah quarters in Kazaure Town.

Mr. Gidado said the woman, who was a housemaid in the area, was arrested after the corps conducted a thorough investigation among divorcees, widows, housemaids and prostitutes living in the area.

“We were able to identify and arrest the mother of the baby girl that was abandoned at grave yard after conducting thorough investigation among divorcees, widows, house maids and prostitutes living in the area,” Mr. Gidado said.

He said a medical examination at the General Hospital at Hadejia revealed that the suspect was the biological mother of the baby.

“She also confessed to being the mother, as well as dumping the baby,” he said.

The commandant said the suspect alleged that she was impregnated by one Alhaji Haruna of Makara-Huta quarters in the same town.

The baby was discovered and rescued by men of the NSCDC while on patrol in the area on August 27 when they were attracted to the scene by the cry of the baby.


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