Two newborn baby boys-obviously twins were reported to have been abandoned in a canal beside a filling station in the Ajangbadi area of Lagos state, last week Friday. However, by the time the attention of residents was drawn to the the abandoned twin boys, the little ones were already dead.
Policemen from the Ilemba Hausa division of Lagos State Police command were alerted of the incident and after after they saw the dead babies, they called the attention of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, which removed and deposited them in a mortuary.
A police source blamed the residents for failing to take immediate action when they saw the abandoned twin boys, adding that the twins were already dead by the time the police arrived.
“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.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, revealing that investigation was going on already.
“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. But effort is on to track down the perpetrator(s) of the act.”
What a world!