The Ekiti State Police Command, on Friday warned the Doctors operating in the State not to Wait for police clearance before treating gunshot victims.
A statement in Ado Ekiti by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed, said waiting for police authorization could cause deaths of innocent Nigerians, who fell victims of robbery and other attacks.
The Statement signed on behalf of the commissioner by the Police Public Relations, Caleb Ikechukwu, 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 robbery and firearms special provisions) Act 1984.
The act states; “It shall be an offence punishable under this act for any person 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 or hospital or clinic which fails to report as stipulated in subsection 2 of this section shall be guilty of an offence.”
Ahmed said that anyone guilty of the offence shall be liable to five years imprisonment or payment of ten thousand naira (N10, 000.00) 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 direct 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 and exposed, so the Command therefore calls on all hospitals, clinics to strictly adhere to this directive”.