Inside Lagos markets where deadly herbal concoctions induce teenage abortions

By Alfred Olufemi
27th August 2022

Pretending to be a helpless young man desperate to procure an abortion for his 17-year-old girlfriend, ALFRED OLUFEMI, uncovers places inside Lagos markets where traditional medicine sellers profit from facilitating unsafe abortion for teenagers. Results of laboratory tests carried out on the herbal roots and other substances procured from the markets, reveal high levels of dangerous compounds capable of causing grievous health complications and incapacitating an individual for life.

Annually, millions of adolescent girls court untimely deaths through unsafe abortion procedures. A few of them who escape death by a whisker either go on to develop serious health complications or lifelong trauma.