Police exhume baby buried alive by grandfather in Bauchi

A grandfather, Bawada Audu of Rimin Zayam, Toro local government area of the state has been arrested by the Nigeria Police, Bauchi State Command for allegedly burying his own grandson alive.

In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Wakil, said Audu had seized the newborn baby boy from his 17 years old daughter, Hafsat Bawada and buried him alive before the case was reported to the police by a human right organization.

“On 16/09/2020 at about 10:00hrs, in a joint operation between the police and human rights organization, one Hafsat Bawada ‘f’, aged 17 years of Rimin Zayam Toro L.G.A Bauchi was brought to Divisional Headquarters Toro. She was alleged to have given birth to a male child on 14/09/2020 at about 02:00hrs after which her father Bawada Audu ‘m’ 50yrs of same address seized the child and buried the baby behind his house.

 “Upon receipt of the report, the baby was exhumed and rushed to General hospital where he was certified dead by a medical doctor. However, Hafsat pointed one Danjuma Malam Uba ‘m’ of the same address to have “had carnal knowledge with her” sometime early this, but is now at large. Hafsat, and the corpse were released to the village head of Rimin Ziyam for burial. Suspect has been arrested and confessed to the crime,” the PPRO said.

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The PPRO informed Vanguard in a telephone interview that the reason for the grandfather’s action was yet unknown, but assured that as soon as the case is transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department at the Command headquarters, more information regarding the case will be released to the public.

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