Residents of Mile 3 in Port Harcourt were shocked to find a baby suspected to be two days’ old abandoned by the roadside, opposite a motor park along the Ikwerre Road.
According to PUNCH Metro: A crowd that gathered around 11am at the point where the baby was dumped, observed that she was already dead, probably because of the heat of the sun.
The baby was wrapped in a shawl ostensibly by her mother, who kept her in a carton before dropping her by the side of the road.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, noting that the baby was dead before help could come her way.
Omoni explained that the corpse was taken by the police to the State Environmental Sanitation Agency, adding that the baby had been buried by the agency.
He advised young women in the habit of dumping unwanted babies by the roads to desist from such an act or be prepared to face the law whenever they were apprehended.
Omoni stated, “The baby was dead when we got there and we took her to the sanitation agency. She has been buried. The act of abandoning a baby is not only a criminal offence; it is also a moral offence.
“I call on those involved in this dastardly act to desist from it. I assure them that the long arm of the law will catch up with them if they fail to repent.”