By Milcah Tanimu
The father of the late Greatness Olorunfemi, a victim of a ‘one-chance’ robbery incident in Abuja, has revealed that his daughter had ambitious plans to pursue a PhD in Microbiology in the United States in 2024 before her tragic death.
Greatness Olorunfemi was tragically stabbed and thrown out of a moving vehicle on September 26, 2023, along the Maitama-Kubwa Highway. A viral video alleged that the medical team at the Maitama District Hospital in Abuja had requested a police report and denied her immediate treatment.
During a press briefing organized by the Young African Leaders Initiative, Abuja, to seek justice for the late Olorunfemi, her grief-stricken father, Rev. Joseph Olorunfemi, shared his daughter’s aspirations and their last conversation. He spoke of her well-learned nature and her desire to continue her education. He stated that their last discussion, held on September 23, 2023, involved a conference call with two friends from the United States to discuss her plan to pursue a PhD in Microbiology in July 2024. He fondly recalled their excitement after finalizing her educational plans.
Rev. Olorunfemi also mentioned a dream he had on September 25, in which he saw a pit around the family. In response, he organized an online prayer meeting, including Greatness, to avert any potential harm. Tragically, he had no way of knowing that the impending evil would be irreversible.
The grieving father received a call on September 28, instructing him to come to Maitama District Hospital in Abuja, where Greatness was reportedly receiving treatment. He expressed deep dismay at the hospital’s refusal to provide immediate treatment and described it as “inhuman, cruel, injustice, negligence, and disregard for human life.” He emphasized that the continued demand for police reports in such situations could have detrimental consequences for society.
Rev. Olorunfemi appealed to friends, family, colleagues, church members, and organizations to allow the government to investigate the matter. Meanwhile, the Coordinator of YALI Network, Abuja, Moyosoluwa Oladayo, announced that the organization has initiated a two-week campaign to seek justice and ensure that this incident leads to the desired changes in the country.