Fear of being falsely accused of child theft made a group of people watch as an abandoned baby girl cried to death along Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom. A resident of the area, Okon Isaac, said he had seen the neatly dressed baby in a biscuit carton in a dustbin around 11.30pm on Friday, on his way to get fuel. He said as other people gathered to see the baby, they were all wary of calling the police for fear of being arrested.
A Punch correspondent who called the police to notify them of the baby said they stated that they were aware of the situation and had contacted the Ministry of Environment for appropriate action. But till the baby died, neither the police nor the Environment Ministry officials attended to the situation.