More controversies continue to trail the death of LAUTECH First-class graduate, Ifedolapo Oladepo who died at the NYSC orientation Camp, Kano. While her mother has published a detailed sequence of events on social media which points to negligence on the part of the NYSC camp officials, the NYSC has countered it with a report saying the late Ifedolapo died of kidney-disease (renal sepsis) related symptoms.
According to a report which was presented by Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and Director General of the NYSC, Brig-General Suleiman Kazaure on Tuesday in Abuja, Kazaure attributed Ifedolapo Oladepo’s death to her “refusal to disclose an ailment she had been battling with before resuming to camp.”
The State of Osun has stated that it would investigate the unfortunate incident. Meanwhile, Church members, students and members of the family of the deceased staged a protest in Osogbo, Osun State, on Tuesday to register their anger over the alleged negligence of officials of the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Kano State, which led to the death of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ corps member.
In Osun, the protest took off from the Freedom Park and was led by the National Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mr. Idowu Odebunmi; the Deputy Coordinator of NANS in the South West, Mr. Saheed Afolabi, and the National President of the National Association of Osun State Students, Mr. Oladejo Bashiru
The protesters, who were dressed in black and displayed placards bearing various inscriptions, marched through the Osogbo/Ibadan Road before proceeding to the state House of Assembly. They vowed to continue the protest until those who allegedly failed to give adequate medical attention to the first class graduate of Transport Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Tehnology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, were exposed and punished.
A representative of the Oladepo family, Mr. Bamiji Oladele, while addressing members of the Assembly, led by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Akintunde Adegboye, said the protesters decided to submit their protest letter to the National Assembly through the state lawmakers so that the death could be probed.
Oladele who stated that the NYSC should tender a public apology to Nigerians said anybody found guilty of negligence in the case should be punished according to the law and her family “heavily compensated”.
The Deputy Speaker, who addressed the protesters, assured them of the readiness of the lawmakers to take up the fight. He said the state House of Assembly had made known its readiness to probe the alleged negligence which led to the untimely death of the victim, saying they would not allow any cover-up.
Dolapo who hailed from Ila Orangun, Osun State has since been buried.