Leadership (Abuja)

26 May 2013

Nigeria: 23 Die From Abortion Concoction in Native Doctors' Home

Twenty-three females who sought abortion from a native home in Delta State have reportedly died after they drank some herbal concoction.

The Delta State police command detected the death of the victims when they discovered a home where native doctors, quack nurses carry out abortion through the administration of concoction on their patrons.

Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, the state police commissioner, who confirmed the discovering of the illegal home, said no fewer than 23 females whose unwanted pregnancies were terminated, died after drinking the concoction.

He explained that the detectives arrested the operators who were mainly native doctors and quack nurses and upon interrogation, confessed to the crime.

On how they carry out their practice, the police boss said that the suspects claimed they were trained in traditional medicine, especially in the use of concoction to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

According to him, a 22-year-old lady identified as Endurance recently died as a result of abortion she performed at the home located around Ugborikoko in Uvwie local government area.

It was learnt that the victim a house-help in the area took ill and was rushed to the quack home where she died as a result of complications from the abortion she allegedly carried in the abortion centre.

A test conducted on her death by medical experts showed that she was pregnant and attempted to abort it at the hands of the native doctors and quack nurses in the home.

One of the suspects, the police boss disclosed, identified as Ufuoma had made useful statements, adding that the police recovered different bottles with concoction and charms tied around sticks including locally made guns.

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