- Police boss Mohammed Adamu has given doctors and hospitals the waiver to treat victims of gunshot
- The Nigerian police chief said "life must be saved" even if the victim is a criminal suspect or individual
- Adamu maintained that it is after the treatment that other things can be considered within the ambit of the country's law
Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), said doctors can proceed to attend to victims of gunshot first before asking for any police report.
The IGP made this disclosure on Monday, January 25, when he appeared on Channel TV's Newsnight programme.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in recent times had ordered hospitals, doctors and medical experts to reject victims of gunshot without a police report.
The force declared that treating gunshot victims is a flagrant breach of existing law, with the controversial position already resulting in the death of many victims in need of emergency treatment.
Clearing the air on the policy on people with gunshot wounds, the police chief said there is "no issue" if victims of gunshots are treated as a case of emergency.
Adamu stressed that the victims must be attended to whether it is an individual or suspected criminals.
“No, we don’t do that, save life first even if it’s an individual, suspected robber or kidnapper, or bandits.
“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."
The Nigerian Senate in 2017 passed a bill seeking to establish a law that ensures that victims of gunshot wounds receive the necessary treatment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that IGP Adamu said that the youths who participated in the #EndSARS protest want to join the police.
Recall that many Nigerian youths defied the COVID-19 pandemic to troop out for the #EndSARS protest which occurred in October 2020.
The protest was mainly staged to demand an end to police brutality in the country before being channelled against bad government.
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