The residents of the Ibu Amon area of Osogbo at the Osun State capital were left in confusion on Friday, with the discovery of a dead newborn baby which was dumped close to the popular Osun River.
According to Punch Metro, Fatai Olayiwola, who is one of the leaders in the community, said he was shocked like other members of the community to find the dead baby where it was dumped, adding that the residents alerted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to their discovery and officials of the agency went to the scene to remove it.
He said, “I was informed by some residents that a newborn baby was dumped close to the river. They said the baby was dead. I went there and saw the dead baby.
“We informed the NSCDC and the agency sent some of its officials to the scene. The baby was dead and swollen before that time. It had started decomposing. I think the person who dumped the baby did it the previous night.”
Also speaking to a correspondent, another resident, David Adedeji, said the mother of the baby might have dumped it there because of the harsh economic condition or because he was unwanted.
The Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Mr. Afolabi Babawale, decried the fate that befell the baby.
The NSCDC PRO said, “When some residents raised the alarm that a day old baby was dumped by the riverside, our men on patrol duty went straight to the place.
“I have called the authorities at the local government area, as well as some environmental officials who will do the needful.
“But our advice is that this kind of thing should stop. There are ways of preventing unwanted pregnancies if those, who are not ready, must have sex. This is a criminal act and it is a sin before God.”