A couple, Mr. Dada Ojo and his wife, Adejoke, did not agree that ‘Children are a blessing from God’, hence, they reportedly conceived and carried out the plot to dump their newly born baby inside a bush. But their ‘joy’ was short lived when the cry of the baby in the bush attracted residents of the area, who alerted officials of Ikere Local Government Area.
Adejoke, 26, was alleged to have dumped the baby inside a bush in Ikere-Ekiti where the couple lives after she had a home delivery without assistance as she could neither afford hospital bills nor patronise the local birth attendants.
The woman reportedly blamed her action on poverty, saying the family was having great difficulty raising the three children they already had before the arrival of the new baby.
Ojo, a commercial driver, absolved himself of having a hand in the dumping of their baby in the bush. According to his statement to the police authorities who arrested him and his wife last Friday, he returned home in the evening and observed that Adejoke had given birth and when he asked of the baby she simply told him that the baby was dead.
Ekiti state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babafemi, confirmed but added that the wife had since been released to the Welfare Department of the state Ministry of Women Affairs where she and the baby were being given treatment.
“The man is still with us but the mother and child are being taken care of by the welfare department. The authorities of Ikere Local Government Area and the ministry are involved. They will take over the welfare of the baby, ” Babafemi said.