Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, , reportedly apprehended a female student of the institution (names withheld) who allegedly attempted to flush her new born baby down a toilet.
According to unconfirmed reports gathered today this from students of Obafemi Awolowo University, a female student of the school gave birth in the Moremi Hostel hall toilet and attempted to flush the baby but was caught my the hall cleaners.
It was further gathered that the young mother, who is in her late 20s is of the Department of Agricultural extension in the university was caught by a cleaner, who heard a baby crying inside one of the toilet stalls and then saw blood coming out from the drainage. She quickly went to call other cleaners around and they forced the door open.
When the cleaners entered the toilet they saw the student pouring water inside the closet, the baby turned upside down, with the head inside the closet.
One of the women dipped her hand inside and removed the baby...a boy, who was still very much alive but bleeding from the nose. The cleaners called school management who rushed both the girl and the baby to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital for treatment.
The incident shocked the university community and was said to have generated varied reactions as some students expressed shock over what would have prompted the student to commit such act.
was allegedly caught by one of the cleaners, who raised alarm when she noticed blood streaming from the gutter of the toilet, which linked the drainage.
However, another source hinted that the student’s intention might not have been to flush the baby but that the new born baby came out unexpectedly into the water closet.
The Dean of Students’ Affairs in the university, Dr. Lateefat Durosinmi, and the security department were said to have taken over the matter.
Contacted, Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the incident.
He, however, cautioned that people should not jump into conclusion by believing that the student intentionally wanted to flush the new born baby, adding that the security department was already investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
According to him, “the cleaner, who was said to have discovered the blood and subsequently caught the student was being interrogated by the security department.”
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