In Anambra State, an unnamed woman left a one-month-old infant boy abandoned on a bus.
The baby, who is now in the care of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, has not been given a reason for her abandonment.
The mother of the child, who, according to the NSCDC, was given to a member of staff of the corps since the incident occurred on September 6, was requested to come forward in a statement released in Awka.
The statement by the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Edwin Okadigbo read: “Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Anambra State Command requests the assistance of the public in locating the relatives, parents, or mother of a baby boy estimated to be about a month old who was recovered by a staff of the corps after being abandoned seemingly by its mother in a bus.
“The baby was handed over to a staff of the corps on the 6th of September 2022 at about 0900hrs after the mother who she boarded the same bus with, alighted at a bus stop in a bid to ease herself along Ziks Avenue by Amawbia Correctional Service Awka.
“After about three hours wait and search, the baby was recovered by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Anambra State Command. “The infant after necessary medical attention, is currently kept at a place of safety while the tracing of his unknown parents and relatives continue. A case of abandoned child has been opened and currently under investigation.
“Anyone who knows of a woman or parents who recently gave birth, but is suddenly without the child, or knows relatives of the infant is urged to contact Intelligence and Investigation department of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Anambra State Command on – 08068526902 or 0902 4941882 during office hours”.
Okadigbo noticed that there had been an increase in recent years in the number of hidden births and abandoned infant cases.