A medical doctor attached to the Federal Medical Center, Bida, Niger State, has been accused of rape which resulted in the death of the victim, a sixteen-year-old Fatima Yusuf after childbirth from the pregnancy
The medical personnel known as Dr Seyi was alleged to have repeatedly raped the late Fatima while the latter was taking care of her mother who was on admission in the hospital for a severe case of diabetes.
A family source, said that when they discovered that Fatima was pregnant, they asked her who the father of the baby was and she fingered the said doctor, who however vehemently denied having any sexual relationship with her.
The case, however, became so serious that the Emir of Bida, Alhaji Abubakar Yahaya, had to intervene but accused doctor during interrogation at the Emir’s palace, was said to have admitted that he only hugged Fatima and rubbed his body against hers, but did not have any sexual intercourse with her.
The deceased girl, on the other hand, was said to have stood by her word that the doctor forcibly slept with her, and the act resulted in her pregnancy.
This made the Emir to order that a paternity test be conducted on the pregnancy and while the Federal Medical Centre complied with the directive, it has been reluctant to release the result, a situation that led to the decision to conduct another paternity test in a hospital outside the state.
Unfortunately, while this was going on, Fatima died on Monday after she was delivered of a baby boy at the family house in Bida.
Alarmed by the development, the Niger State Child Rights Agency was said to have taken over the case because it was suspected that the management of the hospital was trying to cover up for the accused doctor.
When contacted, the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Bida, acknowledged that a case of alleged sexual harassment was filed against one of its doctors, adding that the hospital was not covering up anybody.