Olawale Oladepo, father of the late corps member, Ifedolapo, who died in Kano Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps, Monday, insisted that his daughter was killed due to negligence of officials of the NYSC.
A retired sanitation officer, who spoke with reporters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, expressed gratitude to President Muhammad Buhari for asking for an investigation in to the circumstances that led to the death of his daughter.
Pledging his cooperation to any panel to investigate his daughter’s death, Oladepo said he had not been informed of proposed autopsy on Ifedolapo.
He contended that the family would want the panel to listen to the conversations between Dolapo and her sister on a communication network before she died.
He also commended the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, members of the National Assembly, members of the Osun State House of Assembly and the media for their interest in the circumstances that led to the death of his daughter.
Speaking further on the state of health of his daughter before she died, he said: “Dolapo nursed no ailment before she departed home for Kano at about 6am on Thursday 24th of November and she called at regular intervals along the journey till she got to Kano around 1:00 am the following day. On arrival, she headed straight for the NYSC Orientation Camp with two other friends.
“I wonder how a person, who participated actively and appeared so radiant in all the pictures she sent home could, according to the medical certificate of the cause of her death issued by Gwazo General Hospital, died of kidney infection.”
The father, who gave an account of all the activities of his daughter to the point of death, attributed the death to negligence and lackadaisical attitude of the NYSC, adding that the NYSC should come out with a vivid account of what happened to the late Ifedolapo between 8:00 am on Monday that she reported to the camp clinic and the time she passed on at 4:00 pm the second morning.
He said: “The death certificate issued by the Gwazo General Hospital, Kano said she had Sepsis that led to kidney infection. I wonder if truly she had kidney infection. Did the camp have proper medical facilities to have kept her, and why taking her to the General Hospital with no facilities to treat such ailments?”
Meanwhile, late Ifedolapo’s friends have called on President Buhari to caution the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Comrade Solomon Lalung, against making inflammatory statement that could further aggravate the agony the parents and family members of the deceased.
They accused the Minister of exonerating the NYSC of culpability in the death of Ifedolapo, alleging that he indicated that the remains of Ifedolapo might be exhumed for autopsy to confirm the cause of the death while in NYSC orientation camp.
Also, speaking with newsmen in Osogbo shortly after Dolapo’s father’s vivid account of events that led to the death of his daughter, the Coordinator of the group, Mr. Oladele Banji, noted that the statement by the Minister had caused further trauma for the family, especially the mother.
Source: The Nation