The pregnant woman who was rescued from suspected kidnappers by some road safety officials, died on Sunday, after giving birth to a baby boy.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officials had rushed her to hospital after rescuing her around a filling station in Badagry. See previous report here
According to The Nation, the deceased had boarded the kidnappers’ vehicle believing it was a cab. On realising her mistake, she raised the alarm. Her shouts of Ole! Ole!! Ole!!! attracted other road users, who pursued the car, which was forced to stop around the filling station.
The FRSC team led by P. Danboyi pounced on the car and its occupants and became suspicious on sighting the injured woman. While they were interrogating the men, those chasing the car arrived and reported that the woman was screaming for help.
She was rushed to the hospital where she was delivered of the baby through caesarean section (CS) after going into emergency labour. But she died a few hours later around 3pm. Her body has been deposited at the Badagry General Hospital mortuary.
A mob descended on the suspects and set them ablaze. But soldiers put out the fire, dispersed the mob and handed over the suspects to the police.
Confirming the development, FRSC’s Unit Commander in Badagry, Fatai Bakare, said the baby was in good health.
“There were three persons in the vehicle, two suspected kidnappers (men) and an expectant woman who was their victim. The woman has sustained body injuries and was rushed to Ola-Oki Hospital, Ibereko for medical attention, where she immediately gave birth to a baby boy’’.
Police spokesman, SP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident said it was not a case of kidnapping but that of ‘one-chance’ robbers.
‘’She had some goods, boarded a vehicle to convey her to her location but along the line, they wanted to rob her. She raised the alarm and the robbers afraid that they might run into trouble with security operatives, pushed her off the vehicle. Unknown to them, people heard the woman’s screams and saw when she fell from the vehicle. They pursued the vehicle, caught up with the robbers and attacked them,” Oti said.
“The woman was picked up and rushed to hospital by FRSC officials and she was delivered of her baby through surgery. Soldiers intervened and stopped the mob from killing the suspects. The soldiers contacted the police and handed over the suspects to the police. They are currently at an undisclosed hospital.” he added.