Following the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that an independent investigation be carried out as to the cause of death of a youth corps member, Ifedolapo Oladepo, who died recently at the Kano State NYSC Orientation Camp, her corpse may be exhumed to carry out an autopsy.
According to Daily Trust the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, gave the hint on Thursday while addressing State House correspondents.
The National Youths Service Corps had on Tuesday in its report, said the girl, a first-class graduate of Transportation Management from Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho, died of an untreated kidney infection.
Speaking on the issue on Thursday Dalung said since no autopsy was carried out by the NYSC, the Independent investigation ordered by the president may require an autopsy.
“The report given by NYSC is normal and it’s natural that after investigation, they must present their own report on what has happened. But in view of the fact that there are many versions on 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 (President Buhari) not trusting the process; but gauge the report alongside other opinion; then, we’ll now be able to tell Nigerians that there were the circumstances 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 it will fortify the conclusion the government will make,” Dalung said.
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