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.
Why did you abandon your baby on the street?
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.
How have your parents reacted to it?
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.
I was seriously worried when I didn’t see my child. I started crying but later the matter was reported to the police.
But you were the one that threw the baby away, why were you worried again?
As I said earlier, I didn’t know what came over me when I was doing it but I later realised what I did was wrong, that was when I started weeping.
Where is the baby now?
She is at an orphanage.
Is there any arrangement to reunite you with the baby?
Since then, I have not been given my child but we are making arrangements to claim my child. My husband, a good Samaritan and a lawyer will follow me to Akure welfare office to claim my child.
What would you do if the government insisted on keeping the child?
I won’t allow my child to remain at an orphanage because I am the mother.