A 20-year-old man, Mustapha Aliyu, has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Niger State Command for throwing his four months old son into Uti River in Borgu Local Government area of the State.
The Niger State Commandant of the NSCDC, George Edem, who confirmed the incident, said the corpse of the baby is yet to be found.
Edem said Mustapha was detained on the basis of a tip-off from neighbors involved adding that the suspect had admitted that he committed the offense.
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.”
However, the suspect had been handed over to the police for prosecution.