The Niger State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has arrested one Mustapha Aliyu, 20, for allegedly killing his four- months-old son. The NSCDC Commandant George U. Edem, in a briefing with journalists on Tuesday in Minna said the suspect, an Okada operator and indigene of Kebbi State, but resident in Niger, threw the child into River Oli in Borgu Local Government Area of the state on September 7.
The commandant said the suspect was arrested the same day in Tamanai community where he resides, following a tip off by the villagers.
He said the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that the corps would hand him over to the police for prosecution. The commandant said the remains of the baby was yet to be recovered from the river after days of fruitless search by volunteers.
The suspect, in an interview with Crime Trust at the NSCDC headquarters, said he killed his son because he did not know what to do with him. According to him, his parents were not happy because the child was born out of wedlock and they refused to accept him. “My mother was not happy from the moment she learnt that my girlfriend was pregnant. Things got worse when she put to bed, with my mother insisting she would not have anything to do with a ‘bastard.’
“On that fateful day, when I visited the girl, her mother insisted that I should take my son since my parents are not keen on formalizing the relationship,” he said. The commandant appealed to parents to always monitor their wards and also give them the right advice so that they do not take decisions that may negatively impact on their lives and the peace of others.