The Ekiti State Police Command yesterday, appealed to medical doctors operating in the state to save the lives of victims with gunshot injuries by treating them without its authorisation.
The police however, directed the doctors to immediately report such incident to the police after the victim must have been attended to as stated under Section 4 of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, 1984.
The command’s Police Commissioner, Mr Bello Ahmed, who stated this in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti, said this was to guide against the death of innocent Nigerians who fall victim of robbery and other vices.
According to the statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, the police boss stated that the section provides that offences relating to sheltering and treating an armed robbers without police clearance.
“It shall be an offence punishable under this act for any person to knowingly house, shelter or give quarters to any person who has committed an offence under sections 1(2) of this Act.
“It shall be the duty of any person, hospital or clinic that admits, treats or administers any drug to any person suspected of having bullet wounds to immediately report the matter to the police.
“Any person, hospital or clinic, which fails to report as stipulated in subsection 2 of this section, shall be guilty of an offence,” it stated.
He said anyone guilty of the aforementioned offence shall be liable to five years imprisonment or payment of N10, 000 fine.
The police boss expressed regret about how those shot by armed robbers while performing their legitimate duties were allowed to die under the pretext that they have not received police clearance.
Ahmed appealed to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to urge its members to adhere strictly to the new directive in order to save the lives of the people.
“It is our duty to save the lives of Nigerians and to ensure that faces of criminals are exposed. So the command, therefore, calls on all hospitals and clinics, to strictly adhere to this directive.”
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