Abortion Syndicate, Bribery Claims Rock Lagos Police College
The Nigeria Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State once dominated the airwaves after a news station highlighted the worrisome welfare conditions at the college. The Lagos police college is back in the news and for the wrong reasons.
A number of police cadets recently dismissed from the college, have told newsmen that they were sent packing for refusing to cooperate with an abortion syndicate at the Police Hospital within the college.
One of the affected cadets, Tinuola Akande, said authorities at the Lagos Police college, in January, carried out pregnancy tests and warned that cadets who tested positive would be dismissed.
Akande admitted testing positive during the routine test and seeking the help of the abortion syndicate in the police hospital. The syndicate also promised to replace the result of the first test with a new one.
“I can recall the day the abortion was conducted. It was Friday, February 3, 2017. The doctor collected N15,000 from me,” she said.
Akande noted that she was smuggled into the hospital in the middle of the night and a medical doctor conducted the abortion.
“But after (the abortion), I was still dismissed. I went back to the doctor and he said I should go and be prayerful. Six of us had abortions at the police hospital,” Akande said, adding that the results were not changed.
One other dismissed cadet, 25-year-old Hafsat Mohammed from Kebbi State who tested positive to the pregnancy test, said a doctor at the police hospital demanded N35,000 to remove the foetus and alter the test result.
“I told him I had only N15,000. He said N15,000 was not enough. So, from that day, I ignored him and deleted his number,” she said.
Mohammed admitted going for the abortion at a private hospital where she paid N10,000. She was however dismissed all the same, for allegedly refusing to cooperate with the syndicate at the Lagos Police College.
“My pregnancy was eight weeks. My husband knew about the abortion. Now we are both pained because the police job I tried to keep is now gone,” she lamented.
A number of other cadets interviewed by the Punch stated that senior police officers demanded various sums of money to spare them from being dismissed.
A police source said over 200 ladies were screened during the routine pregnancy test.
“Out of that number, about 15 cadets tested positive to pregnancy. However, 13 names were on the list released from the laboratory department,” the source said, unable to explain why the names of two cadets who also tested positive were omitted from the list.
Authorities at the Lagos Police college and the police hospital have meanwhile denied the existence of the abortion syndicate.
It will be recalled that a number of officers were recently dismissed for fraudulently selling police kits at the college.
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