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Students outraged,subjected to medical tests over discarded foetus at hostel

Students outraged,subjected to medical tests over discarded foetus at hostel

Female students of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), Niger State, are angry about how they were subjected to abuse during a medical test conducted as part of the investigation into an abandoned foetus found in one of the hostels.

The shocking discovery of a foetus at a female hostel occurred on Saturday.

The about six-month-old foetus, CAMPUSLIFE gathered, was found at dawn in a refuse bin inside the hostel.

CAMPUSLIFE gathered that at about 6am, a 100-Level student of History and International Relations, who was walking on the hostel veranda, first stumbled on the foetus, before alerting other students and security officials.

Immediately, the news spread across IBBUL campuses, attracting the attention of the Chief Security Officer (CSO), Major Tete Kudu (rtd), the Dean of Students’ Affairs (DSA), Dr Musa Ma’ali, as well as a nursing staff working at the university clinic.

Their mission was to interrogate and carry out medical tests on female students at the hostel. To ensure that this was successful, they ordered the hostel gate locked to prevent the culprit from escaping. Interestingly, some of the female students, CAMPUSLIFE learnt, missed their Friday morning lectures as a result of the medical test.

The incident was greeted with harsh reactions from staff and students who described it as ‘abortion’. They all condemned the act and criticised the unidentified perpetrator.

Although the issue is still being discussed in hushed tones on campus, CAMPUSLIFE checks revealed that management had cautioned occupants of the hostel against disseminating the event on social media platforms to avoid tarnishing the image of the institution.

Efforts to get Dr Ma’ali to speak on the matter were futile. Calls and text messages sent to the DSA were neither picked nor replied to at the time of filing this report.

Students who spoke to CAMPUSLIFE preferred anonymity for fear of being victimised by the management.

A 300-Level female student, who pleaded anonymity, said they were all shocked when they heard that an aborted baby was found at their hostel. She added that the foetus might have been dumped in the dead of the night.

Aside from being the first time, such horrific incident would occur in IBBUL, the source was equally irritated that the individual test conducted by the medical staff on students, made her, alongside others, miss the departmental lecture scheduled for 8 am.

“I am yet to fully comprehend why this disturbing and horrific incident should happen. The student who committed this wicked act must be heartless. If she had paid absolute attention to her studies, this would not have happened,” said the source.
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