By Esther Onyegbula
LAGOS—A woman has reportedly abandoned her baby in a day-care centre located at Isawo road, Oke-Afa, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos, for over three months.
It was learned that the woman, identified as Soloja Ayobola, came to God’s Care Nanny on January 18 with her seven-month-old baby to make enquiries about how the centre operates.
Thereafter, she was said to have been given a form which she filled and promised to bring her passport in her next visit, but never did.
Mrs Elizabeth Oyeshile, who runs the day care facility, said the woman described herself as a politician and a member of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and that because of the nature of her work, she travelled mostly during weekends for political campaigns and rallies.
Oyeshile said the woman kept her baby, Mofeoluwanifemi Amos, in the facility on Thursday morning and said she would take her back on Monday.
Oyeshile said: ‘’The arrangement was that she will be keeping the child during the week, while the centre will take care of the child weekends and we agreed on a weekly payment.
“She came to the day-care centre about three times before actually putting her baby at the centre for the first time on Thursday, January 22.”
Vanguard gathered that sometime in March, Ayobola came with her male friend (names withheld) to the day-care centre.
While introducing the man to Elizabeth Oyeshile, the woman was said to have explained that whenever she was not around, her male friend would be paying the bills for the baby’s upkeep but the man refused.
It was learned that he only provided diapers for the baby until May, when he stopped.
Vanguard learned that on April 5, Ayobola came to the day-care centre and complained that it was becoming burdensome to pay the bills weekly and that she would be paying at the end of the month and deposited N10,000 part payment, which was the last payment she made.
Mrs Oyeshile said: “The last time Soloja Ayobola came to the day-care was on May 25. I asked her to take her baby since she was finding it difficult paying for her upkeep.
“She pleaded that she will be coming regularly and also promised to come with my money on Friday, but she didn’t.
“Since she abandoned her child at the facility, I have called her several times but she refused to pick her calls. The baby, who was seven months old when she brought her is now a year and three months old. I did not know what to do.
“It was when I lost my son-in-law three weeks ago that family and friends, who saw the baby when they came to pay condolence visit, advised me to take the baby to the police and report the case.”
Vanguard gathered that nobody knows the whereabouts of Soloja Ayobola, having relocated from her place of abode without notifying anyone.