Police IG orders Prompt Treatment of Gunshot, Accident Victims

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has directed all medical practitioners in Nigeria to treat all victims of gunshots and accidents without delay, regardless of whether they have a police report or not.

This is in line with the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act of 2017, which requires all healthcare providers to give priority to the immediate care and stabilization of such patients, acknowledging the vital role of timely medical intervention in saving lives.

The IGP’s decision was prompted by the persistent outcry from concerned citizens and the general public, who have highlighted the tragic outcomes of denying or delaying treatment to these victims.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, the IGP stressed the moral duty and responsibility of medical practitioners to respect the sanctity of life and provide life-saving care to those in need. He also said that this would help to bridge the gap between law enforcement agencies and healthcare providers, facilitate a more efficient and compassionate response to emergency situations, and curb crimes by fulfilling their obligation to invite the police for assessment while treatment is ongoing.

The Inspector-General urged all medical institutions and professionals to comply with these directives and fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies when necessary, emphasizing the paramount importance of saving lives and promoting a safer and healthier society.

He also said that the Nigeria Police would collaborate with all relevant ministries, departments, and agencies, especially the Federal Ministry of Health, for the full enforcement of the provisions of the Act.