|The new baby|
A woman, Mrs. Mutiat Aileru has delivered a baby girl in a tricycle (Keke Napep or Marwa) in Abule-Egba area of Lagos.
The woman delivered the baby at about 5p.m. The reporter was walking by
the roadside near Awori bus stop when a woman suddenly ran out of the
commercial tricycle, Keke Marwa and raised the alarm that her relative
was delivering a baby inside the tricycle they had boarded.She
had called for urgent help from the owners of the shops by the road and
women promptly removed the wrappers on them to shield the woman in
Immediately the woman was delivered on the back sit of the tricycle, the
reporter quickly took photographs of the new baby, a girl.
The women rushed to pick her up, some cleaning her, others cuddling and
others yet bringing accessories to assist in the delivery. Some even
heaped verbal invectives at the reporter for daring to take the baby’s
“Are you mad! Why are you taking the
baby’s pictures. Who you be? If you are not careful we will beat you up
here. Why would you take the photograph of a woman delivering in a
tricycle? You don’t even know how to do your work.” Many of them said.
There would have been a mob action, had the reporter not feigned calling
on the police to come to the area. It was then the mob gathering
against the reporter receded.
While the women were still busy
attending to the mother and her baby, the reporter took on the driver of
the tricycle in camera. Asked how the journey of the miraculous
delivery began, Prophet Ariyo Ajibola of the Cherubim and Seraphim
Church, Erimo in Ijaiye-Ojokoro, who drove the tricycle, said: “It was
at Ikeja computer village that the two women that followed the mother
approached me to beg me to assist them to carry a pregnant woman to a
hospital in Abule Egba.
At first I was reluctant but when they
began to plead, I obliged. Moreso, as a prophet, I had an inner
conviction that there won’t be any problem. And I took them in. But when
we got past Agege, the pregnant woman began to moan in seriuos labour.
She became hysterical and her people began to panic. But I was relaxed
and praying silently for God’s intervention, I was calming the women
down. At a point, I took one-way to beat the gridlock on the road.
suddenly I heard a loud noise of a rushing liquid, when we just left
Abule-Egba bus stop and the other women began to raise the alarm that a
baby had just been delivered. And they began calling for help. As a man
and a Christian, I just thank God for what has happened. It is just a
miracle and I will give a special thanksgiving to God once I get to the
church for an evening programme we have today. I asked them to pay N1000
but they offered N700 and I accepted but even if they don’t pay me, I
won’t be unhappy.”
Daily Sun also spoke to the mother of the baby
after she had been cleaned up and positioned well in the passengers’
seat of the tricycle, feeling weak, she told her story: “ I am Latifat
Aileru. I am from Ibadan and my husband from from Kwara. We live in
Ipokia. I came to meet my husband’s people in Oshodi. I am so happy that
I delivered the baby safely.”