Favour Abdulazeez, who claimed to be the mother of a baby girl abandoned at the backyard of an apartment in Kuje, Abuja, has solicited financial assistance from the public to enable her to claim and take care of the baby.
Ms. Abdulazeez told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that she abandoned her baby because she was jobless, divorced and had no means of fostering the child.
She said that when she kept the carton with the baby inside the bush, she did not go away but hid in the bush to know who would pick the baby.
She stated that she did this to enable her know the person who would pick the baby girl to enable her to do a follow-up.
“All along, I was monitoring the baby’s situation, I know those who picked the baby and took her to the police.
“I was listening to their conversation from my hideout, I even followed them from a distance when they were taking my baby away,” she said.
Ms. Abdulazeez, who turned up at the police outpost in Gwagwalada on Friday to claim ownership of the baby, added: “I told the police that I would take care of my baby if only the government would assist me with a job or a trade no matter how small.’’
Inspector Yahaya Musa, the Police Area Command in Gwagwalada, FCT, had on Friday declined comments on the matter, saying that he was not authorised to speak to newsmen on the matter.
Mr. Musa instead referred NAN reporter to the social welfare unit of the Gwagwalada Area Council for further enquiries.
Hanatu Turu, Head of the Social Welfare Department of Gwagwalada Area Council, said that she was aware of the incident.
She said the police should be allowed to conclude their investigations.
Ms. Abdulazeez was said to have been delivered of the baby girl on June 13 and secretly put her in a carton and took her to a nearby bush behind her house at night, where she abandoned the baby.
A resident in the area, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that Abdulazeez is her neighour, adding that it was the cry of the baby that drew the attention of passers-by who later took the baby to the police outpost.