By Ndu Chris Nwannah, ATM Guest Writer
It was a horrible sight as an unknown baby was found dumped in a dumpster at Okpuno within the Awka Metropolis. The situation created panic among people, while some others, especially women bemoaned, what they a termed dastardly act.
According to them it was quite unfortunate that someone could throw such a beautiful gift from God into the refuse dump and left to die. They particularly fingered increasing prostitution and teenage pregnancies as factors that could be responsible for such wicked acts.
The Anambra State Police Command, while confirming the incident said be baby was dumped by a yet to be identified person in Okpuno, a satellite town near Awka, capital of Anambra State, Nigeria.
A statement by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Haruna Muhammed noted that “on the 3 March 2020 at about 2:30pm, there was a report at B’ Division Awka that a baby was dumped by an unknown person at a refuse inside a container [in] Okpuno in Awka South LGA of Anambra State.”
Mr. Muhammed stated that police personnel were despatched to the scene, where the baby was certified dead by a medical personnel.
“Following the report, Police Patrol Team led by the DPO CSP Emma Ogbuanya rushed to the scene and discovered a baby boy of about a day old inside the container. Victim was photographed and confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor.
“Meanwhile, the Department of Environmental Sanitation was contacted, they arrived the scene and evacuated the corpse in order to avert health hazard to public living in the area,” the statement added.
The PPRO further noted that the Commissioner of Police in the state , Mr. John Abang, has ordered an investigation into the incident.
“Consequently,the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, has ordered for a discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Mr. Mohammed stated.