By Charles Agwam – Bauchi
Barely 4 days after 2019 batch ‘A’ corps members reported for 3 weeks orientation course at the Wailo camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi State, a female corps member, Magdalene Yohanna collapsed at the camp and later died few minutes after she was rushed to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi.
Vanguard newspaper gathered that on that fateful morning of April 1, Miss Magdalene had reportedly complained to NYSC officials about her protracted asthma illness and how she would not be fit to attend the ‘morning meditation’ but her complainants fell deaf ears.
Against her will, she was forced to attend the ‘meditation’ and collapsed few minutes later. She was immediately attended to by corps members doctors and nurses, but when attempts to resuscitate her were not yielding results, she rushed to ATBUTH to save her life.
When our reporter learned of her death, he inquired from medical doctors at the hospital what could have led to the untimely death of Miss Magdalene, he was told that they were not authorized to speak to anyone about her demise.
However, a doctor who later spoke with our correspondent in confidence said the deceased relatives have been informed of her death but added that he can not speak further because he is not authorised to speak to the press.
Several efforts to get the NYSC Public Relations Officer in the State, who was simply identified as Artu to immediately react to her death did not yield result as he kept saying for 2 weeks, “I am presently in Jos, I will release a statement when I return to Bauchi.”
However, after much pressure, he finally arranged for an interview with the State Coordinator at Wailo camp, immediately after the closing ceremony of batch ‘A’ Corps members.
Our reporter got to the venue of the ceremony at exactly 9:12am to attend the event, after which, he hoped, the interview would be conducted.
The ceremony lasted for about an hour, with the Director General of the Corps, Brig. Gen. Zakari Kazaure in attendance. During the ceremony several dignitaries gave their speeches, including the State Coordinator.
But what amazed our reporter was that during the 5 minutes speech of the State Coordinator, late Miss Magdalene did not get a single mention neither was she given a minute silence as tribute for her passing.
As dignitaries left the venue after the ceremony, our reporter was led by a man, who he later learned was the Personal Assistant (PA) to the State Coordinator.
After waiting for several minutes at the reception of his office, the State Coordinator asked his PA to dismiss us, citing “busy schedules” as reason.
An inside source later told our reporter that the State Coordinator is jittery and won’t be able to speak on the matter.
Our reporter later learned that Miss Magdalene Yohanna, an orphan who self-sponsored her education through higher institution, was buried last Friday at her home town in Kaduna amidst tears and pain.