President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an independent investigation into the death of a 2016 Batch ‘B’ corps member, Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo, who recently died at the Kano Orientation Camp.
President Buhari’s decision to institute the investigation into the corper’s death is aimed at “unraveling the true circumstances” surrounding her death.
The President’s decision was announced by the Special Adviser to the President in Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Wednesday.
Adesina said President Buhari commiserated with the families of all the three corps members who lost their lives recently during the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Programme in three states, and described the death of the young Nigerians as “shocking, sad and unfortunate.”
He listed the deceased to include Chinyerum Nwenenda Elechi; Ifedolapo Oladepo and Monday Asuquo Ukeme, in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara states respectively.
Buhari also regretted that they died in the course of answering the national call to serve. He urged the families, friends and associates of the deceased to be consoled by the knowledge that their loved ones paid the supreme price while on national service and not for ignoble reasons.
The statement reads:
“President Buhari also extends condolences to the Director-General and Management of the NYSC over the transition of the youth corps members, Chinyerum Nwenenda Elechi, Ifedolapo Oladepo and Monday Asuquo Ukeme, in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara states respectively.
“While enjoining the management to do all within its powers to protect the lives of those under its charge, the President calls on parents and guardians of current and potential NYSC participants not to panic over the recent tragic deaths.
“On the particular death of Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo in Kano State, President Buhari has ordered an independent investigation to unravel the true circumstances. He prays that God will grant the souls of the departed youths eternal rest.”
This directive is coming barely 24 hours after the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, announced that corps member, Ms. Ifedolapo Oladepo, died of renal sepsis occasioned by urinary tract infection.
Meanwhile, a peaceful processional march was held in honour of Ms. Oladepo, on Thursday in Osogbo, the Osun state capital with the hashtag – #WhoKilledDolapo.