LIFE has always proved to be a paradox; when many millionaires are running from pillar to post asking God for even a child, many others term theirs unwanted and most often get rid of them by all means.
Such can be said to have been the case with a 19-year-old lady, Nsidibe Sunday Effiong, in Akwa Ibom State, who out of frustration strangled her three-week-old baby and dumped her in a pit toilet.
Nsidibe, who hails from Ikot Abasi Idem Village in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, was arrested and paraded at the Ikot Akpan, Abia headquarters of the Akwa Ibom state police command recently for the crime which she admitted to during interrogation.
Narrating her story to Crime Features, Nsidibe who was paraded alongside other crime suspects by the police command lamented that she dropped out of school while she was in Junior Secondary School 3, (JSS3) when she was pregnant with her first baby.
She said her mother merely tolerated her. They faced untold hardship as the man who was responsible for her pregnancy had abandoned her and the baby and life became miserable for her when she got pregnant for another man less than one year after her first child.
According to her, what drove her into taking such a drastic action was when the young man who impregnated her the second time fled the community and it became extremely impossible for her to take care of the two babies all alone.
“I could not even pay for a room I rented and my mother was suffering so much to feed me and my first child. Before I even gave birth to the second one, the man who was responsible for the pregnancy, a barbing salon attendant, was nowhere to be found, and my mother threatened to throw me and the babies out of the house.
“When I gave birth to the second one, life became so difficult, that was why I decided that instead of punishing my mother, let me throw the baby away. So, I used towel to tie the baby’s neck and put her in the toilet,” she narrated.
Findings by this writer revealed that the teenage girl was not getting proper care after she dropped out of school and that she had rented a room in Ibesipo village which she used as both her living apartment and brothel. All sorts of reportedly men came to have sex with her, after which she was paid peanuts.
Narrating how she took the life of her baby, she said: “One morning, I wrapped a towel round the neck. Though she was crying, I made sure she was dead and then wrapped her all over and sneaked into the pit toilet in the compound, where I threw the dead baby inside”.
Crime Features gathered that Nsidibe’s secret deed came to the open when neighbours who knew she had a new baby suddenly started seeing her without a baby.
Curiously and suspiciously, they launched into action by calling the attention of the police to their discovery.
Investigation by the police later revealed that the lady had strangled the three-week-old baby and dropped her in a pit toilet few weeks after delivery.
Nsidibe has since been taken to court and the police command seemed to know nothing about her case any longer.
Also, in a related development, a baby factory run by a fake medical doctor, Mr. Effiong Mbaba, was uncovered by the police at Ekpene Ukim, in Uruan Local Government Area.
Mbaba, whose house and business premises was raided by the police, was said to be in the business of luring young girls with unwanted pregnancies or the less-privileged girls into getting pregnant after which he would take care of them, then buy the baby off them at delivery, to resell for profit. The operation so far had yielded many dividends as young girls, including students, allegedly thronged the factory to sign on for the deal.
According to the state police commissioner, Mr. Umar Gwadabe, when men of his command, who acted on a tip-off raided the factory, three pregnant girls and four others between the ages of 18 and 20 years were rescued from the procreation factory but the proprietor and other members of the syndicate had escaped to an unknown destination. He said the proprietor’s wife, Mrs. Mbaba, was arrested, even as she allegedly admitted to the crime.
Speaking with newsmen, Mrs Mbaba admitted that she and the husband had been engaging in the business for years and that the last baby they sold yielded a profit of N70,000 to the young mother.