Monsurat Arogundade, who abandoned her baby on a street at Ugbe Akoko in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State recently, tells PETER DADA why she committed the act after she was released by the police
How old are you?
I am 23 years old.
What academic qualifications do you have?
I have Senior Secondary School Certificate. I couldn’t go beyond that level. I had to stop my education because there was no money and there was nobody to sponsor me. I learnt to make clothes at Ikare Akoko and later moved to Lagos to continue with the vocation.
Honestly, I can’t say, I didn’t know what came over me at that time. It was unfortunate; I was not in a good frame of mind. She is a girl.
When was your daughter born?
She was born three months ago.
Where is her father?
Her father is in Lagos State; his name is Mr Bello Rafiu, he is from Ikare-Akoko, but based in Lagos. He works with a maritime agency.
How has he reacted to your action?
He had asked me to join him in Lagos; he said he needed her daughter and wanted me to reunite with him in Lagos. And I had prepared to join him there when the unfortunate incident happen. That is why I said earlier that I don’t know what came over me and made me abandon my baby on the road.
My parents and grandmother are not happy about the situation. They said I needed spiritual deliverance because I had made my hair and was ready to join my husband in Lagos before this unfortunate incident occurred.