The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Niger State Command has arrested a 20-year-old man, Mustapha Aliyu, for throwing his four months old son into river Uti in Borgu local government area of the state.
The Niger State NSCDC Commandant, George Edem, who confirmed the arrest, said the corpse of the baby is yet to be found.
Edem said Mustapha was arrested based on a tip-off from concerned neighbours adding that the suspect had confessed to have committed the offence.
Mustapha, confessing to the crime to newsmen in Minna on Tuesday, said the baby was his son but he was not married to the mother.
According to him, he took the step because the mother of the baby refused to accept the baby and left him in his custody.
Mustapha also attributed his reason for throwing his son into the river as due to depression saying it was the work of the devil.
“I couldn’t take care of the baby alone. I was not happy that the mother left him with me. I do not even know what got into me. It is the devil handwork.”
At the time of filing this report, the Corpse of the baby is yet to be found.
Meanwhile, the suspect had been handed over to the police for prosecution.