A 20-year old young man, Mustapha Aliyu, may have done the unthinkable by throwing his four months old baby boy into the river because the mother abandoned the baby in his care.
The innocent baby was thrown into the River Uti in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State.
The suspect, Aliyu, has been arrested and he confessed that he did so after the mother of the four months old boy left the baby in his care and he was unable to take care of him. He then threw the baby into the river and he died. The corpse of the four months old baby is yet to be found.
A visibly depressed Aliyu when he was arrested by the Niger State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said he took the step because the mother of the baby refused to take care and left him in his custody.
Mustapha Aliyu, an indigene of Kebbi State, who resides in Tamaniya village near Kainji in Borgu Local Government Area of the state, was paraded by the NSCDC on Tuesday in Minna.
Confessing to the crime to newsmen in Minna, Mustapha said that the baby was his son but he was not married to the mother. He attributed his reason for throwing the baby into the river to depression saying it was the work of the devil.
“I couldn’t take care of the baby alone. I was not happy that the mother left him with me. I don’t even know what got into me. It is the devil handiwork” he said.
During the parade, the Niger State NSCDC Commandant, George Edem, said that the corpse of the baby is yet to be found.
According to him, the suspect, Mustapha Aliyu, was arrested based on a tip-off from concerned neighbours adding that he had confessed to have committed the offence. Edem said that the suspect had been handed over to the Police for prosecution.