A man who reportedly dumped his little six-month old baby in a dustbin in Calabar before running away has been arrested by the police.
A twenty-five year old man, Sunday Imoh, has been paraded by the Cross River State Police Command for allegedly dumping his six-month-old daughter in public dustbin in the Edim-Otop axis of the Calabar metropolis, Punch reported.
It was gathered that the child has not been found since Imoh claimed to have dumped her by the side of the dustbin on June 6, 2017.
Speaking on the incident the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa while parading Imoh alongside 62 other criminal suspects on Thursday at the command’s headquarters in Calabar, said the suspect allegedly put the little girl in a carton and abandoned her by the street side after a quarrel with the mother over the child’s upkeep.
Inuwa said, “On June 6 at about 12noon, one Emem Edet (23) left her family house at 25, Edim-Otop Street with her child of about six months old to visit her boyfriend and biological father of her child, Sunday Imoh who resides at 100, Edim-Otop Street.
“She went to collect money for the upkeep of the child, but he refused to give her. This made her to abandon the child with him. Surprisingly, the following day, the said Sunday Imoh alleged that he put the child in a carton and dumped her beside the dustbin along the street. Up till now, no information on the whereabouts of the child is available. He has confessed and will be charged to court.”
However, Imoh has said during an interview that he left the child outside the house after the mother had left her with him.
“She was just crying over and over again. I took her outside with the hope that the mother would go and pick her up but I was surprised when they said that she was missing,” he said.
The commissioner also paraded 10 murder suspects for allegedly killing four people during a clash between two rival cult groups, Klans and Baggers confraternity in Ochong community in Obubra Local Government Area of the state.
“On June 8 2017, we received an intelligence report in our Ikom Area Command office that two rival cult groups, Klans and Baggers confraternity clashed in Ochon community and the conflict led to the killing of four persons.
“As a result, 10 suspects believed to be principal actors in the murder case were arrested. Investigation is still on, while those arrested will soon be charged to court,” he said.
Similarly, the Commissioner also paraded one Nnamoso Okon and Victor Edet for stealing a car battery from the vehicle of a police officer who was on night duty on July 2, 2017.
He added that during a search, the police recovered 12 car batteries from the two suspects.
“From May 2017 till date, the Cross River police command has arrested a total of 63 suspects for various offences committed across the state.
“So far, we have recovered nine locally made pistols, seven live cartridges, 12 car batteries, four rounds of 9mm ammunition, three machetes, 10 motor batteries, armoured cables, three plasma television sets among others,” he said.