A Nigerian nurse was sentenced to seven years in prison after she allegedly performed an abortion that killed a woman and her unborn child.
Taibat Jegede, who media reports labeled a “quack” nurse, performed an abortion on her neighbor Seyi Ibitoye in her bedroom apartment in 2012, Umu Africa reports.
Jegede told the court that when she began treating Ibitoye for body pains, the woman explained that she had an irregular menstrual period. Jegede allegedly performed the abortion in her apartment with a series of injections, according to the Nigerian Daily Post. Investigators later discovered pieces of syringe with needles, injections and gloves in the woman’s apartment, according to the report.
The pregnant woman later died of bleeding complications, the reports state.
Jegede dropped out of the College of Health and Technology in 2006, but she reportedly portrayed herself as a nurse. Popularly known by the name Alhaja, Jegede claimed she had worked for several health care providers, including the British American Tobacco clinic, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and Rauz Hospital, the reports state.
The reports indicate that Jegede performed abortions on several women and was imprisoned once before on a similar charge.
Nigerian Judge Justice Abodunde sentenced Jegede to seven years in prison in October for her involvement in Ibitoye’s death.
Earlier this year, news reports also focused on Nigerian women and their unborn children being victimized by abortion after the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped about 500 girls from the country. Since 2009, the terrorist organization has been capturing, raping and sometimes forcing girls to marry in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) pushed for abortions on the girls who were pregnant from rape.