Samsiya Hassan, a housewife, has been arrested after she dumped her day-old baby in a pit toilet. The baby was said to have died six days later. The incident took place at Nasarawa quarters in Funtua, Katsina State. She told newsmen on Friday that she was not aware that she had given birth to a baby in the toilet.
The Punch reports that a neighbour had raised the alarm after hearing cries of a baby and seeing Hassan leaving the toilet. The baby was rescued and taken to a hospital, where he died.
Hassan, 20, was subsequently arrested, alongside her boyfriend identified as Jemilu. She was said to have had two children from her previous marriage and was second wife to her current husband. She pleaded with the police to forgive her saying she had been in need of someone to care for her since she lost her parents.
Gambo Isah, the Katsina state police spokesman, said the suspects would be arraigned before a court after investigation.