Father Of Late Kano Corps Member Questions NYSC

Father Of Late Kano Corps Member Questions NYSC  Father of the late Kano Corps member, Wale Oladepo, is accusing the National Youth Service Corps of contradictory statements leading to the death of his daugther Dolapo Oladepo.

It is the first time he is addressing the media and in an emotion-laden speech in Osogbo the Osun state capital on Monday, Mr Oladepo asked NYSC to give full details of what transpired during the last hours of Dolapo’s life.

The family further accused NYSC of an alleged cover up in the process of burying the corps member who died at the Kano orientation camp.

“‎Apparently she was not taken to any tertiary hospital until she died, according to the medical certificate of the cause of death issued by Gwarzo General Hospital and I quote, “she died as i’m aware or informed on the 29th of November, 2016 at 4 am and the cause of death was septic stick and kidney injury”.

“So I’m worried about this report that she had urinary tract infection leading to kidney injury. Thus I wish to state for the umpteenth time that the cause of death as claimed by NYSC is simply contradictory! he blurted.

“May I also recall that as she conversed with me and the sister, the twisted tongue showed because her speech was slurred. We have strong cause to believe their account are mere fabrications,” Mr Oladepo stated.

Going further, the deceased’s father said “contrary to the report of Saturday Tribune, the NYSC has never been engaged in any communication nor any letter written to the family to consider autopsy.

He therefore believes there are concrete evidences to support the family claims, while stating that “all concerned are warned not to under estimate the veracity of such evidences and still attempt subverting the truth”.

“However, my hopes are high that the various concerned authorities in the land will all ensure justice is done and that our daughter, Dolapo, who courageously went to serve her father land does not die in vain,” he said.

A protest group under the aegis of concerned friends of Dolapo’s family, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, from making further inflammatory statements.

The group also raised concerns of transparency on the part of the investigative committee with the order for an autopsy to ascertain the cause of Dolapo’s death.

In the light of this, the family has now declared exhuming of Dolapo’s body as a last resort into the investigation.

Also at the conference, an interested party in the case, Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) sought for justice and thorough investigation.

They said this would inform their decision on whether or not to sue NYSC.

Although the names of the members of the investigative panel are still unknown, one wish of the friends and family of Dolapo is to establish the cause of her death as poor health facility and negligence of health workers in NYSC camps, which they describe as “another death trap for promising Nigerians”.

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp ClinicIt was a tale of tears, agony and regrets on Thursday in Osogbo the Osun state capital, as a National Youth Service Corps member, Ifedolapo Oladepo was buried.

Like many thousands of young graduates mobilised for the 2016 Batch ‘C’ service year, 26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo, a first class Transport Management graduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho had said her goodbye to her family members, set for Kano, hoping to see her dreams fulfilled.

However, exactly a week after, it was her corpse that was brought to her family after she was said to have died following complications arising from an ailment few days into the NYSC orientation programme in Kano.

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26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo was a first class graduate of Transport Management from LAUTECH

Unsurprisingly, her death has raised suspicion from her family members who now claim Ifedolapo could have been saved if she had been given the necessary attention by the NYSC authorities at the Orientation Camp in Kano.

Said to be in proper health before leaving for the Orientation Camp, the death of Ifedolapo has led to several questions regarding the state of health facilities at NYSC orientation camps across the country.

The family identified particularly lack of qualified medical personnel and wrong medications contributed to the death of the NYSC corps member.

Her elder sister, Oyeyode Abimbola, speaking with Channels Television, gave her account of what transpired between her and her sister before her death:

“She called me five hours to her death and told me to start coming as the NYSC doctors are not doing anything for her. They thought she was pretending in order not to go for parade, so they did not attend to her.

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She noticed a lot of rashes on her body after injection, family says

“When she started calling people from home, they eventually gave her an injection (and) immediately after the injection, she called me again that she noticed a lot of rashes on her body that I should speak with the doctor who 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,” she said amidst tears.

“She said we should get a flight and I called immediately but they told me Abuja flight is Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“I told her to tell anybody in the clinic that I am a nurse and they should allow me to speak to them. Later a male nurse took the phone from her and told me she was having anaphylactic reaction and they will watch her for just one hour and transfer her to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital but alas they did not transfer her until five hours later when they noticed she was restless and calling people at home.

“I boarded a bus going to Kano with her sister, Kemisola Oladepo, to go pick her from there. I begged them to take her to a teaching hospital around but they took her to a general hospital in Gwazo where they have nothing or little care to render.

“They took her phone from her, claiming she was not resting. From that 5PM I could not talk to her, I took a 16-hour journey to make sure I get to her but I was called around 3AM that she gave up, without any doctor in the hospital to assist her.

“The only nurse on duty told me she tried her best by staying beside her when death was taking her away because there was nothing to use.

“From that 3AM till I got to Kano I was hoping it would only be a mix up somewhere it can’t be her my Dolapo is gone… (Sobs).

“I got to Kano and met her at Aminu Kano mortuary, alas it was her being put in that cold place.”

(Sobs) “Amoke mi you couldn’t withstand the agony, NYSC successfully cut your destiny due to negligence.”

Although they are grieving, the Oladepo family wants the government to restructure the NYSC programme and provide infrastructure needed to prevent the loss of innocent young men and women all in the name of serving their fatherland.

Arrived Sick

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Ifedolapo Oladepo in camp before her death

‎The Press and Public Relations Head of the NYSC in Abuja, Mrs Bosede Aderibigbe, when contacted told Channels Television correspondent in Osun state via the telephone that “the deceased corps member, from the account I got, arrived the Kano orientation camp sick and presented a medical report.

She claimed that it was not the drill in the camp as being alleged that complicated her case.

“We trained all our commandants and officers not to force anyone who is weak to do the drilling exercises.

“Although what happened is a big loss to the family and NYSC as well because we lost a life, we can only console the family.

“I have called for the full medical report and will send it to you immediately I get it.

“What we needed to do we have done. We asked the NYSC in Osun to attend the internment and this is the normal thing to commiserate with the family.

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic

“The family should please accept our condolences but all reports reaching me indicates that she was not forced to do the regular drills as alleged. That is what I can say for now,” she concluded.

In the meantime, our correspondent is yet to get the medical report which the NYSC official promised to send as evidence.