Po­lice ar­rest woman for bury­ing her baby alive

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Jaiyes­imi

The Mabushi Po­lice Di­vi­sion at week­end ar­rested a 29 year-old mother of two, Glo­ria Nata, for bury­ing her in­fant child alive in a pop­u­lar burial ground in Jahi area of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT).

An eye­wit­ness, Azumi Abubakar, told our re­porter that the mother of two had been preg­nant and last Fri­day morn­ing, she was no­ticed to have started act­ing strange.

Abubakar said Glo­ria, who has a two year-old daugh­ter be­fore she gave birth to the boy, was seen run­ning to­wards the ceme­try with a black sack, a bucket, a ma­chete and a shovel but no­body sus­pected that she was in labour be­cause her stom­ach was still big.

She said that af­ter about an hour, a woman who was com­ing back from Mabushi mar­ket raised alarm that she saw a woman try­ing to bury a wail­ing baby in the burial ground, adding that other women fol­lowed the ‘alarmist’ to the burial ground where they also saw Glo­ria pack­ing sand and cov­er­ing the ground she had dug.

“At first, it didn’t sink in but sud­denly we heard se­ri­ous wail­ing by the in­fant and rushed to her, then held her hand. We im­me­di­ately saw that the baby was still alive with his um­bil­i­cal cord in­tact. He was cov­ered with blood and sand. Sand was cov­er­ing his head and eyes but we were able to clean him up, cut off his um­bil­i­cal cord then raised se­ri­ous alarm,” she said.

City News gath­ered that the po­lice were called to the scene just as an an­gry mob was about to lynch Glo­ria, but she was res­cued and taken to the sta­tion along­side her baby.

When our re­porter vis­ited Mabushi po­lice di­vi­sion, the sus­pect was seen bleed­ing and she could only say that she was sin­gle and didn’t need another child which was why she buried the boy alive.

She also said the man­ner she got preg­nant was too painful to keep the baby, ex­plain­ing that when she re­al­ized she was preg­nant it was too late to abort it hence the de­ci­sion to bury the baby the mo­ment she gave birth in or­der to for­get all her pains.

She looked weak and could barely talk while her baby was wail­ing un­con­trol­lably.

When con­tacted, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ay­obami Su­ra­judeen con­firmed the in­ci­dent and stated that the woman was about bury­ing her day-old in­fant when some­one who was com­ing back from the mar­ket saw her and raised alarm.

He said the woman who was se­ri­ously bleed­ing has been rushed to Maitama Gen­eral hospi­tal with her in­fant for proper care.

He also said that when the woman is cer­ti­fied well by the hospi­tal, she would be charged to court.

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