ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Residents of the Oyede Avenue Plaza in the Sango-Ota area of Ogun State, have discovered the decomposing body of a newborn baby in their neighbourhood.
It was gathered that the 21-year-old mother of the baby girl, identified Esther Ojuko, was believed to have delivered the baby alive.
According to Police sources who spoke with Punch, Ojuko allegedly killed the baby by wrapping her inside a sack and throwing her into a nearby compound.
The state police command said Ojuko might be mentally unbalanced at the time of the crime, even as the age of the deceased baby could not be ascertained when the incident happened.
It was gathered from the command that when a stench dominated the area, some residents began combing the surroundings to find out the source of the unpleasant smell.
Later, a resident discovered that the stench was emanating from a sack behind a compound in the area.
While the residents unfolded the sack, they were greeted with shock after they found the decomposing body of the newborn tightly wrapped.
Upon discovery, one of the residents, identified simply as Ogunmuyiwa, was said to have approached the Sango-Ota Police Division to report the incident.
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the incident on Monday.
Odutola said the mother had been arrested.
“The mother is in our custody for suspected murder. We have begun a full investigation into the circumstances behind her action.
“In the meantime, the deceased baby has been deposited at the Ifo General Hospital mortuary for autopsy,” she said.