By Austin Ogwuda
Asabaâ€”A 25-year-old labourer has been arrested by the police for allegedly burying his daughter alive.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Charles Muka in a statement in Asaba yesterday, however said that the child who was exhumed shortly thereafter by a good Samaritan has been hospitalized.
According to him â€œthe state police command has arrested one Macaulay Onitcha, male, 25 years of Ekurudu Street Kokori for attempting to murder his four months old baby girl called, Edna Macaulay.
â€œOn 13 February 2010, at about 1230 hours, the suspect who claimed he was unhappy with his wife for refusing to sleep with him, dug a shallow grave and threw the child into the grave and covered the grave with sand.
â€œFortunately for the girl child, one Saturday Ekama, saw what Macaulay did and saved the girl.
The suspect who was marching the shallow grave when Saturday Ekama arrived at the scene gave him (Ekama)matchet cuts for trying to save the child. When the child was exhumed alive, she had neck injury and is undergoing treatment at Saint Francis Hospital, Okapra Inland while the suspect is currently assistingÂ the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Asaba in their investigations,â€ he said.