A woman(pictured) who is believed to be insane was caught with a dead 5-year-old boy strapped to her back for three days at Mile 2, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos State.
“I am from Umo in Kwale area of Delta State. I was born in Lagos and I have three children. Nothing is wrong with me. This child (pointing to the dead child) is my son. He is the last of my three children. I have a boy and a girl who are in the village. His name is Chidi and he is five years old.
“He has been very sick. In fact, he had fever and needed blood transfusion but I couldn’t afford the money for it. He died three days ago. Before he died, we wanted to travel back to the village. My husband stays in Port Harcourt.
“The paper where I wrote my husband’s phone number has been destroyed by rain. I don’t have any relative in Lagos. I was living under a staircase in one of the shops located in Alaba market. A security man allowed my son and I to sleep there at night. I didn’t steal any baby neither did I kill any child.
“I was carrying Chidi on my back after he died, only for people to gather around me this morning and started beating me. What have I done to deserve this kind of beating? If not for these policemen, they would have beaten me to death.”
Her explanation came after she was spat on, sworn at and manhandled by mob who were convinced she was either a kidnapper or a ritualist.
It was the timely intervention by policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad that saved her from being lynched.