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Save Lives First Before Asking For Police Report – IGP Tells Hospitals

Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has called on doctors to attend to all victims of gunshot first before asking for a Police report.

Mr. Adamu stated this on Monday during a Newsnight programme on Channels Television, where he appeared as a guest.

It is common among medical personnel in Nigeria to Ignore Patients, gunshot victims, with the excuse of not wanting to associate with a suspected criminal.

The IGP urged the doctors to first save life whether that of an individual or a criminal.

“If he or she has gunshot wounds and goes to the hospital, his life must be saved first before thinking of any other thing to do. There is no issue of asking for a police report before you treat anybody with gunshot wounds,” he said.

In 2017, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, had spoken on a bill seeking to establish a law that ensures that victims of gunshot wounds receive the necessary treatment in order to prevent unnecessary loss of lives, citing that not everyone with a gunshot wound is a criminal.

“By the passage of this bill, the Senate has moved to ensure that every hospital in Nigeria, both public and private, must accept to treat victims of gunshot wounds without any clearance from the police”.

“What we have done is to ensure that everyone is entitled to medical treatment, irrespective of the cause of the shooting. We should reserve judgment for the criminal justice system, and leave healthcare for the medical professionals,” Saraki said at the time”.

Based on the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has told the doctors who reject victims with gunshot wounds that they are liable of a criminal offence.


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