By Yusuf Busari
While some people would give an arm and a leg for a baby, others, due to different reasons, prefer to abandon their newborn kids. The incessant rave of young women abandoning their newly born, either at refuse dump sites, road sides or uncompleted buildings, is gradually becoming a thing of alarm. Just recently a lady in Bauchi was allegedly reported to have dumped her day-old baby in a soak-away pit now another lady has gone ahead to do same.
A Facebook user, Gbadura Olusola, posted a story on his page of how a student of a university in Ado-Ekiti, south-west Nigeria, has abandoned her baby at a private hospital in the state.
“A student of Crown Polytechnic, Odo Ado-Ekiti by name Ayodeji Oluwatosin has run away and abandoned her baby boy at the Tayo-Tayo Medical Clinic and Maternity Centre, a private hospital in Ilawe-Ekiti on Tuesday, 2nd of May, 2017.
She reportedly attempted to have the baby in her hostel because the man that impregnated her abdicated his responsibility, but she came to the hospital for a medical check when she discovered pains in her body according to the doctor in charge, she successfully gave birth to the baby and ran away some hours after the birth.
She used fake names and address to check into the hospital, but report has proven that she is a student of Crown Polytechnic, Odo, Ado-Ekiti and a native of Ondo town, in Ondo State.
As at the time of filing this report, the lady
whereabout is unknown and the baby boy is being taken good care of by the hospital.Then, the case has been reported to police for a thorough investigation.
Meanwhile, the baby may soon be taken to the Motherless home, Iyin-Ekiti by the chairperson of Ekiti South West Local Government, Mrs. Florence Omolase who came to the hospital this morning in company of Hon. Olanrewaju Olatunde, the vice chairman of the LG on the invitation of the doctor in charge of the hospital.”
This upsetting cases of babies being abandoned in Nigeria needs to be nipped in the bud before it becomes a menace that society won’t be able to put in check.