Senate passes bill to protect victims of gunshots

Nigerian Police
Nigerian Police

The Senate on Tuesday passed the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill aimed at ensuring the passage of a law that victims of gunshot wounds receive treatment from medical workers and assistance from security agencies.

Speaking on the passage of the Bill, the Senate President, Abubakar Saraki, said not every victim of gunshot wound is a criminal, hence, it is important that a legal framework be put into place to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

“By the passage of this Bill, the Senate has moved to ensure that every hospital in Nigeria, both public and private, must accept to treat victims of gunshot wounds without any clearance from the police,” the Senate President said.

“What we have done is to ensure that everyone is entitled to medical treatment, irrespective of the cause of the shooting. We should reserve judgment for the criminal justice system, and leave healthcare for the medical professionals.”

The Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill also ensures that every person including security agents shall render every possible assistance to any person with gunshot wounds and ensure that the victim is taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Additionally, the Bill mandates that no person with gunshot wounds shall be refused immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria whether or not initial monetary deposit is paid.


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  • Ikechukwu Okeke

    That is a good move

  • Charles


  • PolyGon2013

    Wow! This is really great. In addition though, security must bear the cost of the treatment of that gun shots. For example, if a victim is taken to a private hospital, the hospital must attend to the victim as the first aid before being transferred to a major medical center. However, government must be responsible for payment to that hospital, and there should be no delay in payment once treatment cost has been verified. Kudos to Senate on this. Our democracy is at work.

    • tsunami1earthquake

      Can people now say the Senate is useless? We wait and see.