Nigerian Senate Acts On The Death Of Female Corps Member Killed By Policeman In Abuja

(m) at 5-07-2018 09:05PM (1 year ago)

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The Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate the circumstances surround the death of Miss Linda Angela Igwetu, the NYSC Corper who was allegedly shot by a Police Officer two nights ago.

Senator Atai Aidoko, citing Order 42 and 52, raised the issue, stating that while on her way home with her friends, the corper was shot and rushed to Garki hospital, Abuja but was not treated because they needed a police report.

Commenting on the Motion, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said:

“There are two issues here. One, is how could this have happened? How could the officer mistakenly or otherwise have shot in such a way that led to this young ladies death?

“Secondly, we have passed this Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Act, and the President assented to it on the 30th of December 2017.

“Until we start holding people accountable to these kinds of incidents, they will not stop. What is the point of us passing a Bill, and the President assenting to it, then it becomes law, and still, people will decide that they will not treat a patient.

“Is it that they are not well-informed? Is it that they were not aware that such a law exists? There are a number of issues that we need to address.

“Every Nigerian life is important. Especially young ones that are just about to start their own lives and careers. This is a loss that could have been avoided.”

The Senate resolved to:

Mandate its Committee on Youth and Sports to investigate the death of the NYSC Corper; mandate its Committee on Health to investigate the non-treatment of the patient, and; mandate its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the cause of the incident.

All three Committees have been directed to report back to the Senate in 2-weeks.

crocatum (m) at 5-07-2018 09:11PM
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Am glad they are taking this up, the corpers are precious to society, they should also be given chance to have more development, they should be protected and empowered to influence the communities for better.
slimber (f) at 6-07-2018 01:24AM
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sweetypweety (f) at 6-07-2018 06:28AM
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That police needs to be in jail for a long time to come
blowout (m) at 6-07-2018 06:55AM
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ignorance of the law is no excuse. that hospital must be punished for not treating her, so that other hospitals fond of rejecting gunshot victims will learn.