The Nigerian Senate has agreed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Miss Linda Angela Igwetu, the NYSC Corper who was allegedly shot by a Police Office two nights ago.
During plenary today at the red chamber, 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 lady’s 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.