Emotions rose on Thursday as passers-by placed curses on an unknown mother, who dumped her dead baby in a refuse dump site in Lagos.
The corpse of the baby girl was discovered at a dump site at Costain Bus-stop, along Apapa Road in Ebute Meta, Lagos.
The baby, dressed in a light-green unisex wear with a black cap, looked malnourished.
The identity of her mother was not known as at the time of filing this report.
Reacting, a sympathiser and a resident of Apapa Road said at the spot where her corpse was dropped that he saw the baby still breathing when he was going to the office in the early hours of the day.
The sympathiser, who pleaded anonymity, said that he put a call through to the Lagos State emergency services numbers.
This was to alert the officials of the relevant agency responsible for rescuing children from such an ugly situation to come and rescue her, he said.
He expressed his disappointment that the responders could not rescue the child before her death.
“Imagine this kind of tragedy, if the baby had been rescued on time, she would not have died.
“The Lagos State Emergency Unit has failed us,’’ he said.
Adeolu Aderogba, a trader selling bread beside the scene, said that she resumed her morning routine trading around 7.00 a.m. only to discover that the baby was dumped on the refuse.
“I found the baby on the refuse when I came this morning. Whoever dumped the baby there must be a very wicked person,’’ she said.
She said that babies were precious gifts from God and should be cared for, but some contemporary mothers seemed to be careless and morally bankrupt.
Also, Mr Opeyemi Rasheed, a businessman, said that the baby ought to have been buried normally instead of being dumped on refuse.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Lagos State Command, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident and said that the Iponri Police Division had been notified about the baby’s corpse.
Oti said that the police was taking action, but added that no arrest had been made in connection with the matter. (NAN)