Medical personnel is now free to treat victims of gunshot without waiting for a police report and it is official. Entitled Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017, was among the six bills signed by the President.
Mr. Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), told State House correspondents in Abuja that the Gunshot Act specifically stipulates that a person with gunshot shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without an initial monetary deposit.
He explained that “Furthermore, a person with gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.”
Enang said the NDDC Act also included the gas producing and gas processing companies in the list of agencies that were contributing to the Niger Delta Development Commission, in addition to oil companies to increase funding of the commission for the effective discharge of its duties.