A woman who has not been identified has abandoned a one-month-old baby boy in a bus in Anambra State.
It is unknown why she abandoned the baby, who is now in the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state.
In a statement issued in Awka, the NSCDC asked members of the public to assist in locating the mother of the child, who had been handed over to members of the corps’ staff since the incident on September 6.
Mr. Edwin Okadigbo, the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, issued the following statement: “The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Anambra State Command requests the public’s assistance in locating the relatives, parents, or mother of a baby boy estimated to be about a month old who was recovered by a corps staff after being abandoned seemingly by its mother in a bus.”
“On the 6th of September 2022, at around 0900hrs, the baby was handed over to a corps staff after the mother, who she boarded the 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 the 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 are now missing the child, or knows relatives of the infant, is urged to contact the Intelligence and Investigation department of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Anambra State Command on – 08068526902 or 0902 4941882 during office hours.”
Okadigbo noticed an increase in the number of abandoned babies and hidden births in recent years.