Abuja - Irate residents in Ago Igbala in the Ibafo area of Ogun State were left baffled on Thursday when the spotted a mentally-challenged woman playing with a dead newborn baby.
The woman, popularly known as Tope, was said to have been playing with the baby near a refuse site when she was spotted, PUNCH reports.
Residents in the area were informed of the incident, following which they proceeded to beat the woman up while chasing her toward the Ibafo Police Station.
Tope, who is said to be in her forties and mentally-challenged, was saved from the crowd by officials working at the station.
Although some residents have reported that the woman is known to be mentally ill, others have their doubts concerning her alleged condition.
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Janet Fabiyi, a trader in the area, said that the dead child may have been used for ritual purposes. She also suspects that this is the reasons that the mob could have turned against the woman.
It is alleged that the woman has not returned to the area since Thursday and that her belongings have been set ablaze as a result of the incident.
Muyiwa Adejobi, PR Officer for the Ogun State Police, has confirmed the incident and said that the woman was allegedly found breast-feeding the dead child when she was attacked by the angry mob.
Adejobi has confirmed that the woman did not kill the baby but allegedly found the child lifeless.
Investigations are still underway as to who dumped the baby initially.
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