The 30-year-old mother, Yidiat Bakare, has been sentenced to five years in prison by an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court for throwing her three-month-old baby into a river in Ifon-Osun community, Osun State.
Yidiat was said to have thrown the baby into the river to express her grievance following a disagreement with her husband, Amodu Bakare on January 10, 2013 at about 4pm.
The woman, who pleaded guilty to the offence when the charge was read to her, urged the court to temper justice with mercy.
Police prosecutor, Mr. Oladoye Joshua, said her behaviour resulted in the death of the baby, stressing that the offence was punishable under Section 325 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.
Yidiat’s lawyer, Mr. Jimoh Daramola, urged the court to be lenient in its judgement, describing the incident as a personal tragedy to the mother.
After listening to the positions of the prosecution and defence counsel, Magistrate Olusola Aluko found Yidiat guilty.
Aluko said, “People should exhibit restraint during disputes. It is always good to seek amicable resolution of conflicts at all times. The baby sent to the grave does not know whether the parents were quarrelling or not. This crime is unacceptable and heinous.”
He thus sentenced Yidiat to five years in prison with hard labour without an option of fine.