Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Niger state on Tuesday arrested a 20-year-old Okada rider identified as Mustapha Aliyu for allegedly disposing his four-month-old son into a river.
The Niger state commandant of the corps, George Edem, while confirming the arrest told reporters that the suspect committed the act at Tamanine village in the Borgu Local Government Area of the state.
Naija News understands that the NSCDC commandant revealed that the corpse of the baby was yet to be recovered, stressing that the suspect would be handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.
“He is a suspect of culpable homicide because he threw his four month old son alive into River Oti and was subsequently arrested by our men.
“We want to hand him over to the Nigeria Police Force because of the synergy we have with them and other security agencies,” he said
However, while speaking to newsmen, Aliyu said that he threw the baby into the river out of frustration as his mother and the mother of his girlfriend, who bore the child for him, never liked the baby.
He said his mother gets mad at him any time she thinks of the baby and even threatened to lay a curse on him if he ever brought the baby to their house.
“My girlfriend is always crying that her mother doesn’t like the baby and that the mother said she would stop taking care of the baby until we get married.
“My own mum also doesn’t like the baby and keeps saying she would curse me if I bring the child home,”
“This was what made me to take the baby in my arms one day, cried for 30 minutes and threw him into River Oti,” he added