Abuja ‘one-chance’ victim planned to begin PhD in 2024 – Father

Rev. Joseph Olorunfemi, the father of the late Greatness Olorunfemi, a victim of ‘one-chance’ robbers in Abuja, said his daughter planned to travel to the United States of America to commence her PhD in Microbiology before her death.

Olorunfemi was reportedly stabbed and thrown out of a moving vehicle On September 26, 2023, along the Maitama-Kubwa Highway. It was alleged in a viral video that the medical team at the Maitama District Hospital, Abuja requested a police report and denied her treatment.

The bereaved father spoke on Thursday at a press briefing organised by the Young African Leaders Initiative, Abuja, for multi-stakeholder engagement in pursuit of justice for the late Olorunfemi.

He said, “Greatness Abigail Olorunfemi was the beginning of my strength, my firstborn, my first daughter, well-learned, and still aspiring to learn. My longest last discussion with her was on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 4pm in a conference call with two friends from the United States of America in respect of her ambition to further her education in 2024.

“There and then, she delivered her profile, and a decision was made that she would commence her PhD in Microbiology in July 2024. We ended the meeting with excitement, and by Monday, September 25, she began to supply the necessary documents to facilitate the relocation.

“I remember on Monday, September 25, I had a dream and I saw a pit around the family, I summoned the family members, including Greatness, for a prayer meeting online, and we prayed to avert the evil that was pending, not knowing that it would be irreversible.”

The bereaved father said he received a call on September 28, to come to Maitama District Hospital, Abuja where the late Greatness was said to be receiving treatment.

While there are different narrations of the incident from the driver who took Greatness to the hospital and the hospital, the father said being denied immediate treatment by the hospital was “inhuman, cruel, injustice, negligence, and disregard for human life.”

He noted that if the demand for police reports continues, it will have negative implications for the society.

Olorunfemi appealed to aggrieved friends, families, colleagues, church members, and organisations to allow the government to investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of YALI Network, Abuja, Moyosoluwa Oladayo, said the organisation has commenced a two-week campaign to ensure that the incident birth a desired country.

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