Staff of the Lagos state Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Thursday night (yesterday) retrieved a day-old baby from a refuse dump in a street in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Spokesman for the Lagos State police command, Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this on his verified Twitter handle monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.
Hundeyin said around 10 a.m. on Thursday, LAWMA officials went to the Ikoyi police division to file a report on the discovery of the baby.
“The officials reported that they were on their routine duty of moving wastes around the Ikoyi area when they discovered the newly born baby wrapped in a polythene bag.
“A police team led by the divisional crime officer rushed to the scene.
“The baby was rushed to Military Hospital, 81 Division, Dodan Barracks Ikoyi for medical treatment before taking the child to Motherless Baby Home,” he said.
The police spokesman said that but for the quick detection by the LAWMA officials, the baby would have died.
Hundeyin further said the baby was doing fine, stressing that the investigation into the case has begun.
”Infanticide is a crime and punishable,” he warned.