Officials of the Ondo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Akure, have named a baby girl dumped on the altar of a church after the wife of the state governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu.
The child, named Betty Emmanuella Akeredolu, was dumped last Wednesday on the altar of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church at the Oda area of Akure by an unknown person.
Members of the church, who first saw the baby, invited the police to the scene.
The police later handed her over to the state ministry officials.
She was said to have been christened at the headquarters of the ministry in Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital, in the presence of the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Omolara Kehinde-Adeniran, and other officials of the ministry.
The Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Foluke Tunde-Daramola, said the baby would receive adequate care at the state orphanage.
“It is sad to see some people lose a baby without thinking about the pain of pregnancy and the day of the knee. There are many factors that can contribute to the loss of a child in society.
“Childcare is not something that can be taken lightly, so anyone who is not yet ready should stay away from sex or protect themselves,” she added.
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the command was still investigating the circumstances surrounding the dumping of the baby.