A yet-to-be-identified woman has abandoned her one-month-old baby boy with another passenger in a commercial bus along Zik’s Avenue, Amawbia in Anambra state.
According to reports, the woman alighted from the bus in the guise to ease herself after she handed the baby to a co-traveller on board at about 9 am on September 6, 2022.
Confirming the report, the Public Relations Officer, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Anambra State Command, Edwin Okadigbo, said the woman who the baby was abandoned with, waited for over three hours for the child’s mother, but she never returned.
She further handed the child over to an officer of the command.
A statement released by Okadigbo reads; “The baby is estimated to be about a month old. He was recovered by a staff of the Corps after being abandoned seemingly by its mother in a bus. The baby was handed over to a staff of the Corps on the 6th of September 2022 at about 0900hrs after the mother who she boarded same bus with alighted at a bus stop in a bid to ease herself along Ziks Avenue by Amawbia Correctional Service Awka.
After about three hours wait and search the baby was recovered by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Anambra State Command. The infant after necessary medical attention is currently kept at a place of safety while tracing of his unknown parents and relatives continue. A case of abandoned child has been opened and currently under investigation.
Anyone who knows of a woman or parents who recently gave birth but is suddenly without the child, or knows relatives of the infant is urged to contact Intelligence and Investigation Department of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Anambra State Command on – 08068526902 or 0902 4941882 during office hours.
Commandant Isidore Chukwudi Chikere, the Anambra State Commander of the corps has made a clarion call to members of the public to stop abandoning children amid the rising number of cases of abandoned babies and concealed births.”