A mother of six from Guru village in Bauchi state has confessed to her
throwing her one day old infant into the soak-away shortly after
delivering her at home due to poverty.
The mother, Juliana James, who wept profusely as she spoke with
journalists at the police command headquarters in Bauchi said she
loved her child and could not bear to see her suffer.
The housewife who lives with her husband James and her six children
-five girls and a boy in a one room apartment – claimed that things
were so rough for her family that she decided that the way out was to
sacrifice the new born.
“Things are hard and my husband has no job. He had an accident three
months ago and he is still bedridden, the situation became worse for
us. We don’t see food to eat. I delivered at home and threw the baby
in the soak-away because I don’t know how we are going to take care of
it. I didn’t tell my husband “, she narrated sobbing.
Juliana who claimed that the accident rendered her husband impotent
three months ago, explained that when the cry of the baby in the soak
away became too unbearable she changed her mind and ran to her
neighbours and told them everything.
The baby girl was rescued alive and taken to the Abubakar Tafawa
University Teaching hospital where she is currently receiving medical
A source close to the woman claimed that Juliana seemed to be
depressed due to hardship. “She was a hardworking mother and house
wife who fried kwosai (bean-cake in the neighborhood but for some time
during her pregnancy she was not coming out. May be the recession took
its toll on her,” the source who pleaded anonymity said.
Juliana was subsequently arrested by the police and is currently being
remanded at the police station.
The commissioner of police, Zaki Ahmed who paraded the suspect for
child abandonment along with other suspects, said the case was being
investigated while the rescued baby has been handed over to social
welfare officials after she has been certified healthy. ELANZANEWS