Lovers Arrested For Killing, Dumping Their Newborn Baby In Rubbish Bin
The Nigerian police have arrested a 20-year-old woman, Blessing Ben suspected to have killed her newborn baby.
The police on Thursday also arrested one Luka Iliyasu from the police barracks, believed to be her lover. Iliyasu was identified by the police as an accomplice in the alleged crime.
Miss Ben who was reportedly impregnated by Iliyasu about nine months ago, gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday at her parents’ home in Jambutu, in the Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
She allegedly killed the baby and hid its remains for three days, according to her neighbours.
As gathered, Ben had concealed the remains of her dead child in the family’s waste bin; and it was collected by a regular refuse collector in the area who emptied the bin at a rubbish dump.
Scavengers who rushed to check for valuable items found the decomposing body of the baby.
They alerted onlookers to the sight of the dead child, who in turn invited the police to the scene.
Ben, however, vehemently denied killing the baby during interrogation, according to the spokesperson for the police in the state, SP Suleiman Nguroje.
“Yes, I put to bed alone at home, but it was a lifeless baby. I swear by God the baby died in the womb; why would I kill a baby I painstakingly carried for nine months?” she said.
The police have, however, handed over the remains of the child to experts for autopsy, following which the alleged murderous lovebirds would be charged to court for prosecution, according to Nguroje.