By ALBERT AKPOR
LAGOS — THE Nigerian Navy, NN, said, weekend, that it had begun an in-depth probe of the alleged kidnap and throwing into the Lagos lagoon of a three-week-old baby by one of its Ratings.
The incident was allegedly perpetrated by one Moses Joseph, a rating serving with the Western Naval Command, Apapa, Lagos.
The rating was alleged to be dating one Glory Yusuf, who eventually became pregnant to the disapproval of the naval personnel. Upon delivery sometimes in February this year, the said rating allegedly in company of some of his friends and colleagues, stormed Miss Glory’s Ajegunle home, beat her and an aged mother, forcefully took possession of the baby and disappeared with same.
The innocent baby was said to have been put in a carton and later thrown into the Lagoon at Liverpool, Apapa.
But the Information Officer of the command, Lieutenant Commander Omodara, said in a telephone chat, that the navy authorities had set up a committee to investigate the matter, assuring that the matter would not be swept under the carpet.
He allayed the fears of the bereaved mother, assuring that at the end of the probe, if the rating was found culpable, he would be disciplined internally accordingly and handed over to appropriate authorities for prosecution.
He said: “For now, it is an allegation, but a committee has been set up to investigate the matter. The lady in question had been invited and she had made statement. She should be rest assured that the navy will not sweep the matter under the carpet.”
“If the rating is found culpable at the end of the investigation, appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken and thereafter, he will be handed over to the appropriate authority.”
Vanguard gathered that Miss Yusuf had stormed the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, weeping and begging the police to take over the investigation of the matter, alleging that she might not get justice on the killing of her baby by her ex-lover, who is equally one of them.