IGP orders hospitals to treat gunshot victims

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The Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun has ordered all Hospitals and all medical personnel across the country to treat gunshot victims without asking for Police report.

IGP Egbetokun issued the directive while urging health workers to sensitize Nigerians about the issue.

The IGP’s directive, based on the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017, was contained in a leaked Police internal memo which has now gone viral on the internet dated October 25, 2023, and signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, Olatunji Disu, a Commissioner of Police.

The memo was addressed to all Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Commissioners of Police and the Commandants of Police Colleges in Ikeja, Kaduna, Oji-River, Maiduguri and Enugu.


The memo reads, “I forward herewith a copy of letter HMSH&SW/IG/CTCV/ 10/2023 dated 3rd October, 2023, received from Federal Ministry of Health & Social Welfare on the above-underlined subject, and write to convey the directive of the Inspector-General of Police that you comply with and enforce the provisions of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act 2017 without any hesitation.


“The Inspector-General of Police further directs that you make this a subject of lecture and circulate widely for the members of the public to be aware of our compliance with the National Law.”


Many Nigerians have died as a result of gunshot wounds due to the ineptitude of Hospitals and medical.


However, it is on record that this is not the first time this order will be issued by Police high command. But Hospitals don’t honour the directives.


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