Olabode Adedaramola, Niger State
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps( NSCDC)Command in Niger state has arrested one Mustapha Aliyu for allegedly murdering his four months old son.
The suspect, a 20- year old Commercial Motorcycle operator who claimed to be an indigene of Kebbi State, but resident in Niger, according to the NSCDC Commandant, Mr. George U. Edem, in an interactive session with journalists on Tuesday in Minna, was said to have thrown the child into River Oli in Borgu local government area of the state on 7th September.
The Commandant stated further that the suspect was arrested the same day in Tamanai community where he resides, following a tip off by the villagers.
He said the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that the Corps would hand him over to the police for prosecution.
The Commandant however explained that the remains of the deceased baby was yet to be recovered from the river after days fruitless search by volunteers.
The suspect, in a brief interview with the National Wires in the premises of the Niger State’s Command Headquarters of the NSCDC, along David Mark road, Minna, the state capital said he ended the son’s live because he was confused about what to do with him.
According to him, his parents were not happy because the child was born out of wedlock and they refused to accept him.
“My mother was never happy since she learnt that my girl friend became pregnant for me.
Things took a bad turn when she was delivered of the Baby boy ,following my mother’s insistence that she will not have anything to do with a “bastard”.
” On that fateful day, when I visited the girl, her mother insisted that I should take my son since my parent were not interested in formalising the relationship.
“I was confused. I took him to the river side, sat for a while but on the spur of the moment I decided to end it all. So I threw him into the river,” he explained.
He pleaded with the security agencies not to kill him over the incident so that he will have time to atone for his sins.
The Commandant, however appealed to parents a:nd guardians to always monitor their children and wards as well as give them the right advice so that they would not take decision that may negatively impact on their lives and affect the peace of others.