The Lagos State Police Command has begun investigation into the death of two newborn babies,whose corpses were recovered from a canal beside a filling station in the Ajangbadi area of the state.PUNCH Metro learnt that the two boys, suspected to be twins, were left in the canal on Friday.
A crowd of residents, who were drawn to the scene,was reported to have started taking snapshots of the babies before the arrival of policemen from the Ilemba Hausa division..After seeing the corpses, the policemen were said to have called the attention of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, which removed and deposited them in a mortuary.
A police source wondered why the residents did not act immediately they saw the babies, adding that the twins were dead by the time the police arrived.
He said, “A resident alerted us to the scene. By the time we got there, the babies were already dead.There was a crowd of onlookers, some of them were taking snapshots. It is probable that the babies were dropped by their mother for reasons best known to her.
“We searched all the communities to see if we could find her or anyone who could volunteer any useful information, but we couldn’t. It is sad that while many women are looking for children, someone could take two baby boys and dump them in a canal.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer,SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing.She said, “We got the information around 1pm on Friday and our operatives attached to the Ilemba Hausa division went there and saw the corpses of the
infants in the canal. We discovered that they were two corpses of newborn male babies, packed in a polythene bag and abandoned by the canal by unknown person(s).
“The corpses were removed and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital morgue for autopsy. Buteffort is on to track down the perpetrator(s) of the act.”
Culled from Punch Metro.
While reading through this story, I find so many things appalling; why on earth will a mother drop off her children after going through the stages of pregnancy and pains of labour, what happens to the bond between mother and children that developed during pregnancy.I don’t get it at all and no matter how hard I try to understand what could have happened,it gets confusing.It may perhaps be safe to assume the babies were not dumped by their real mother, maybe they were taken away from her; that’s the only logical reason why this could have happened.How else will a mother do this to her infants, I know lots of couples praying to God days and nights for such wonderful gifts.
The mentality of some Nigerians when it comes to taking snapshots and recording events as they happen is appalling; instead of reaching out to help or calling for assistance, they would rather want to feel “fly” by having an evidence to show they were witnesses.If the first set of people that got to the scene of this incidence had made attempts to call the ‘relevant authorities or even tried to call people that could attend to these babies, maybe the infants who have had a shot at living.We need a total ‘re-orientation, we need to learn to be on the lookout for one another.

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