A 25-year-old labourer has been arrested by the police for allegedly burying his daughter alive. Confirming the arrest, the state Police public relations Officer (PPRO) Mr. Charles Muk in a statement in Asaba, however, said that the child who was exhumed shortly thereafter by a good Samaritan has been hospitalized.
According to him, "The state police command has arrested one Macauley Onitcha, male, 25 years, of Ekurudu Street Kokori for attempting to murder his four-month-old baby girl Edna Macaulay. At the time, the suspect who claimed he was unhappy with his wife for refusing to sleep with him, dug a shallow grave and threw the baby into the grave and covered the grave with sand.
"Fortunately for the girl child, one Saturday Ekama saw what Macaulay did and saved the girl. The suspect who was marching the shallow grave when Saturday Ekama arrived at the scene gave him [Ekama] matchete cut for trying to save the child.
"When the child was exhumed alive, she had neck injury. Currently, she is undergoing treatment at that Saint Francis Hospital, Okapra Inland while the suspect is currently assisting the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Asaba in their investigations," Mr Muk said.