A female student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, Osun State, (name withheld), who tried to flush her new born baby into the female toilet of the female hostel of the university was caught by the institution’s authorities.
Though there are unverified reports as to whether she did so intentionally or she gave birth in the toilet by accident.
Our sources informed The News-Chronicle that the incident took place Wednesday morning, at Moremi Hall of residence in the school campus. The incident, which surprised students, lecturers and others in the community was said to have generated reactions in various quarters as some students were stunned as to what prompted her to commit such heinous crime.
It was also gathered that the student, who is in her late 20s and a student of Agriculture Extension department of the institution was supposedly caught by one of the cleaners, who called for help when she noticed congealed blood flowing from the gutter of the toilet linking the drainage for waste water and urine.
Though another source confirmed that the student might not have intentionally want to flush the baby in the toilet, but felt like excreting when the baby suddenly gushed out from her body into the water closet.
The student and the rescued baby were taken to the institution health centre, where they are currently receiving medical treatment.
Dean of Students’ Affairs of the university, Dr. Lateefat Durosinmi, and the security department took over the matter.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the incident, adding that people should not just jump into conclusion that the student intentionally wanted to flush the new born baby in the water closet. He stated that the security department of the school was already investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
He said: “the cleaner, who was said to have discovered the blood and subsequently caught the student, was being interrogated by the security department. We are on top of the situation and the new born baby and her mother are responding to treatment in our health facility. There is no cause for alarm.”