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#EndSARS: Nigerian Doctor Offers Scholarship To Baby Born In Detention

Kemisola delivered the baby while in detention after being arrested in Ondo state, Southwest Nigeria, in connection to #EndSARS protests.

A Nigerian doctor, Thomas-Wilson Ikubuse has offered scholarship to a baby born by a teen mother, Kemisola Ogunniyi, while in Police custody.

Ogunniyi was arrested during the clampdown on #EndSARS protesters and was detained for eight months. 

Facing charges of arson, unlawful assembly, public disturbance, among other offences, she was arrested with a-month-old pregnancy, alongside three others accused of having connections with #EndSARS protesters who burnt the All Progressive Congress (APC) secretariat in Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria, on Oct., 24, 2020. 

She was released on bail by the Ondo State High Court on Tuesday, June 22, following public outrage over her giving birth in detention.


Christening

At the christening of the child in Akure, the state capital, Ikubuse and the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Naomi Adeyeye Ogunwusi, said they were touched by the circumstance in which the baby was born.

According to The Punch, Olori Ogunwusi showered the baby with gifts and foodstuff for the baby’s family.

“When I heard the news, I was very happy. I was touched to hear that the lady gave birth in prison custody. That was why I am here today (Wednesday),” she said.

“The baby is a special boy. I will stay with the family. Kemisola should see me as her mother, her sister and her friend.”

 Ikubuse also offered the baby scholarship from nursery to secondary school level.

The baby’s mother, Kemisola, appreciated them for their gestures and everybody involved in the bail process.

Kemisola’s mother, Felicia Ogunniyi,  urged the state government to assist her daughter in ending the legal matter, Punch reported.


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Aishat Babatunde

Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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