Woman Throws Child into Pit at IDP Camp

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Michael Olugbode Maiduguri

A woman at one of the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, has been arrested for killing her newly-born baby.

Addressing a press conference wednesday, the state Commander of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ibrahim Abdullahi, said a 30-year-old woman was arrested at Dikwa IDP camp for killing her newly-born baby last week.

The woman (name withheld) who is an IDP at the camp, caused the death of the baby by throwing him into a pit.
Abdullahi during the conference, said the woman was arrested at Dikwa town after fleeing the camp.

He said: “This incident occurred on June 1, 2016. Immediately she committed this atrocity, she ran out of the Dikwa IDP camp. Our attention was drawn to the dastardly act; after three days when the body of the child started to decompose and smelling from the pit.

“After we conducted our investigation, we were able to trace her through a man identified as Gulumba, who brought the suspect to the camp.

Abdullahi said the suspect had been handed over to the state Police Command in Maiduguri for prosecution.