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Woman who abandoned three-month-old child on the road: I’m the mum, won’t allow daughter to remain in orphanage

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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