An autopsy to find out what killed a Youth Corps member at the Kano Orientation Camp is to be conducted.

The body is to be exhumed for the autopsy, it was learnt yesterday.

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an independent investigation into the death of Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo.

Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung, whose ministry supervises the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), said that the exhumation of Ifedolapo’s body would assist the authorities to get to the root of her death.

The late Ifedolapo, 26, graduated with a First Class in Transport Management at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

She died on November 29 and her remains were buried in her home town of Ila Orangun, Osun State, on December 1.

The NYSC explained that there was no negligence by its officials who handled the treatment of the 2016 Batch B Youth Corps member, adding that she suffered a kidney problem, which had been untreated.

But family members have disputed the claim, following which the President ordered an independent probe into the matter.

Speaking with reporters at the State House in Abuja yesterday, Dalung said although the report given by the NYSC indicated that Ifedolapo’s death was natural, the autopsy would unravel the cause.

He said: “In view of the fact that there are many versions of what led to the death of the NYSC member, it would be fair to look at another version of what happened to be sure of what actually transpired.

“It doesn’t have to do with not trusting the process; but gauge the report alongside other opinion, then, we will be able to tell Nigerians that this is the circumstance on how she died.

“Don’t forget that the report of the NYSC has no autopsy and an independent investigation will require an autopsy and now the autopsy alongside the report will balance and fortify the conclusion the government will make,” Dalung said.

The late Ifedolapo’s sister, Mrs Oyeyode Abimbola, a nurse, claimed that she told her that she was not well attended to.

She said: “Ifedolapo called me five hours to her death and told me to start coming to Kano, because the NYSC doctors were not attending to her. They thought she was pretending in order not to go for morning parade; so they did not attend to her.

“When she started calling people from home, they eventually gave her an injection. Immediately after that, she called me again that she noticed a lot of rashes on her body and told me to speak with the doctor, who had refused to talk to me.

“She called five minutes later and told me her tongue was twisting, then they sent all her friends out after seeing all the reaction on her body after giving her the unknown injection.”

“I took a 16-hour journey to ensure I got to her but I was called around 3am that she gave up.”

The NYSC’s report stated that: “On examination, the doctors noticed rashes on her legs, which she claimed started appearing as a result of her using second-hand knickers without washing.
“The doctors treated her with Arthemeter 160mg, Piriton tablet and Paracetamol and released her.

“At 3 am, on November 28, Ifedolapo was brought back to the camp clinic by her colleagues, with further complaints of vomiting and general body pains. After further examination, the doctors noticed that the rashes on her legs had increased, which she still dismissed as reaction to using second-hand knickers. She was thereafter admitted at the clinic and treated with Drazamol injection and Piriton to soothe her body pains as she was already on malaria drugs.

“Her home doctor further affirmed to the CMD at the camp clinic that the line of treatment given was good and the drugs administered were normal. It was at this point she complained she had not urinated for sometime. This was the note of alarm that hastened her referral to Gwarzo General Hospital by 4 pm.”

Describing allegations of negligence on the part of NYSC as unfounded, NYSC Director-General Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure said the Orientation Camp clinic had 31 qualified and registered doctors, 20 pharmacists and 11 nurses.

“There are no student doctors, as all the doctors are fully certified by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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