Mrs. Nafisat Muideen, the mother of a 5-month-old baby killed by an Alsatian dog at Hallelujah Estate, Osogbo, Osun, on Wednesday, said there was no timely rescue during the attack.
Muideen, 28, narrated her ordeals while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at her residence on Thursday in Osogbo.
The grieving mother explained that she was attacked at about 1.45 p.m. on her way to a pharmacy shop to buy drugs for her sick daughter.
She said that on her way to the pharmacy shop, she heard a sound from behind, and immediately after she turned back, the dog jumped on her and attacked the baby trapped in her back.
According to her, the dog pulled the baby from her back, and while she was trying to save the baby, she was overpowered by the dog “because the dog is huge.”
She said there was nobody around when she was being attacked, and by the time people came out to rescue her, the dog had killed the baby.
“My baby had catarrh earlier, and I contracted it from her.
“I went out carrying my baby in the back to get drugs for myself and the baby.
“On my way out, I heard a sound from behind; by the time I turned around to check, a dog jumped from behind and attacked the baby.
“The people that came to my rescue managed to kill the dog, but by the time my baby was pulled out from under the dog, she was already dead,” she explained, sobbing.
Muideen said that after the attack, she was taken to a nearby hospital before she was later taken to the police clinic in Oke-Fia, Osogbo, for treatment.
Also, the husband of the victim, Oyegbade Muideen, demanded the identity of the owner of the dog.
Mr. Adekola Timothy, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, confirmed the incident.
“Yes, the incident happened, and the police are currently searching for the owner of the dog,” he said.
NAN learned that the killer dog escaped from its cage in an uncompleted building close to the victim’s house.
The owner of the uncompleted building was said to be unknown to residents of the area.