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NBA Ikeja Honours Lagos CP with ‘Human Rights’ Award; As CP Warns that Doctors who Reject Gunshot Victims are Criminally.

The Nigeria Bar Association Ikeja Branch, on Wednesday 16th of May, 2018, presented the CP Lagos with an Award of ‘Excellence’ by its Human Rights Committee chaired by Mrs Caroline Ibharuneafe. 

 During the presentation, the Chairman of the committee who is also the Vice Chairman NBA Ikeja branch, extolled the Command as an ardent protector of human rights in the country.

Responding CP Imohimi Edgal, attributed the achievements of the Command on human rights issues to the cordial working relationship with  members of the Bar and the Bench.

He added the Command will not relent in its fight against human right abuses.

He also noted that the award would spur the Command to do more in protecting the rights of citizens in the state. 

Meanwhile, the Command has warned Doctors against rejecting treatment for gunshot victims noting that if any mishap happens to such victims, they will be criminally liable.

In a statement signed by SP Chike Oti, spokesman, the police said, “ The attention of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Command, has been drawn to the  Punch Newspapers publication of Monday, May 14, 2018, captioned ” Hospital rejects victim over bullet injuries.” 

“The story goes that one Engr. Adebayo Akinwunmi, a senior engineer with an Information and Communications  Technology company,  was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at Ofada-Mokoloki, Ogun state and was brought to Reddington hospital, Ikeja for treatment only to be refused admission on the unlawful and inexcusable grounds that there was no police report. 

“The Command considers the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps, an indication that the hospital management may be ignorant of the “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims  Of Gunshot Act, 2017.   

“In the light of this development, the Command wishes to inform all medical practitioners in Lagos state , that the Act  demands that every hospital in Nigeria whether public or private shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without police clearance any person with a gunshot wounds.

“The Act, however requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two (2) hours of commencement of treatment.  

The Commissioner of Police,  Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, saddened by the allegation against the Reddington Hospital, has directed all Area Commanders and  Divisional Police Officers in Lagos State  to henceforth arrest and diligently prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects a gunshot victim on the ground of no police report.

“The CP wants doctors to note that the Act recommends a 5-year-jail term for   any person, hospital or authority who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds.”

It would be recalled that the gunshot victim, Engr. Adebayo Akinwumi eventually died of excessive bleeding. 

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