An abandoned nine-month-old baby, whose name is yet to be ascertained, was spotted crawling along Shodipo Crescent in the Ikeja Government Reserved Area of Lagos State on Wednesday.
The prompt intervention of residents, who quickly alerted some policemen on patrol in the area, saw the child rescued and then taken to the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja.
The child, who was thereafter taken for medical, was believed to have crawled out of his parents’ apartment, although no resident in the area had showed up for him.
A police source, who spoke to The Punch, said:
She said, “We found the boy on Shodipo Crescent in the Ikeja GRA. He is about nine months old. He was found crawling on the road. Some residents thereafter alerted some policemen on patrol.
“The police team rescued the baby. So far, nobody has come up to claim the baby. He must have left the custody of his parents or guardian and that is how some children fall into the hands of kidnappers and ritual killers. He is still with us at the command headquarters.”
Confirming the rescue of the child, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said investigations were ongoing into the case.
He said, “We appeal to members of the public to take a good care of their children and wards while trying to make ends meet. So far, nobody has come forward to claim the abandoned baby.