Senate furious over death of NYSC member shot in Abuja and was refused treatment by Garki hospital
Ms Igwetu Linda Nkechi who was shot by the police for refusing to stop at a police checkpoint, was rushed to the hospital at about 3am on Tuesday night but the hospital management refused to treat her until a police report was produced.
Raising the motion on the floor of the senate today, Senator Atai Aidoko said it was unfortunate that the young Nigerian who had only a few hours to her passing out parade was cut down in her prime.
“It is important that we call the Police to order. I can only imagine the kind of trauma her family must be going through. We must ensure that the bill that directs hospitals to treat patients without waiting for a police report is made a priority.” were the words of Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, while speaking on the matter.
Senate President Bukola Saraki in his submission wondered how the police officer could have mistakenly or otherwise shot in such a way that led to the young lady’s death.
“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, meanwhile, they took the young lady to a hospital and they did not treat her.
”If they treated her, she would not have bled to death. 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,” he said.
Consequently, the senate mandated it’s Committee on Youth and Sports to investigate the death of the NYSC Corper, and the Committee on Health to investigate the non-treatment of the patient, and the Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the cause of the incident, and report back to the Senate in 2-weeks.
Speaking further, Saraki said; “I want to thank Senator Atai Aidoko for this Motion. Every Nigerian life is important, especially the young ones that are just about to start their lives and careers. This is a loss that could have been avoided.
”We must continue to show that we will continue to defend our people and defend them here.”