Residents of Edidi street in the densely populated Amukoko area of Ajegunle, Lagos were thrown off balance, following the discovery of the bloated body of a baby inside an opened septic tank.
The baby as gathered, was allegedly thrown inside by her mother last Saturday who thereafter, disappeared.
However, the Police said yesterday that the 28-year-old fleeing mother had been arrested.
She was identified as Arabe Basi. Picture of the bloated body of the baby went viral on social media yesterday.
A resident who simply gave her name as Iya Modinat, said that the bloated body was discovered by a tenant who woke up to fetch water from the well at about 6am, Sunday.
According to her, she thought it was a heap of dirt that was carelessly thrown inside the septic tank.
Out of curiosity, she moved closer to ascertain the type of dirt, so as to enable her know which of the tenants threw it there, only to discover it was baby.
Her scream alerted other tenants who rushed out to discovered that a newborn was wrapped inside a white cloth.
As they were screaming and cursing whoever did it, one of the tenants said she saw when Arabe came out at an ungodly hour and dropped something inside the opened septic tank.
By the time they went to her one room apartment, she was not there.
However, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly called a nurse who injected the baby to death immediately he was delivered.
Confirming her arrest, spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP said: “On July 30, at about 11am a woman came to the Amukoko Police Station to report that on July 28, around 5: 15 a.m.
“One Arabe Basi who was seven months pregnant conspired with one woman called Iya Mana and Injected the suspect, as a result, she delivers the baby dead and thereafter throws the baby into the septic tank.”