By Olasunkanmi Akoni & By Bose Adelaja
LAGOS—Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force, yesterday, rescued a four-month-old baby boy abandoned by his mother inside a bag under the bridge at Oshodi.
They also arrested the mother, who said she took the action because she does not know who the baby’s father is and her mother had sent her away from home.
Chairman of the Task Force, Police Superintendent Olayinka Egbeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said that the enforcement team of the agency, while on duty under the bridge at Oshodi, rescued the baby boy, who was put naked inside a bag.
Egbeyemi disclosed further that the mother of the baby was arrested by an official of the agency, as she tried running away after dumping the baby.
According to the Task Force boss, after interrogation, the woman confessed that she took the step because she could no longer take care of him as none of her family members was ready to accommodate her and the baby.
Egbeyemi added that Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, had directed that both the rescued baby and his mother be immediately transferred to Social Welfare Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development.
A mother’s tale
The mother of the baby, Timilehin Adeshina, 18, confessed that she was thrown out with the baby by her mother to go and locate the man that impregnated her.
She said: “My mother threw me out because I gave birth and could not identify the man who impregnated me, as different men slept with me.
“I dropped out of school due to poverty, while in Junior Secondary School at Ejigbo. My mother, Mrs. Zabela Adeshina, is from Delta State, and my father, Mr. Adeshina, who hailed from Abeokuta in Ogun State, died nine years ago.
“We live at 26, Coker Street, Ejigbo, Lagos.”
She also stated that for the period she was sleeping outside with her baby, several men paid to have sex with her.