The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Inspector – General of Police Kayode Egbetokun, the Minister of Health, Ali Pate and his counterpart in the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), Abuja Nyesom Wike over the avoidable death of Ms Greatness Olorunfemi at the Maitama General Hospital last week Tuesday .
Greatness Olorunfemi fell victim to one chance criminals in Abuja last week Tuesday. They stabbed her in the vehicle she boarded and threw her out in her pool of blood .
She was immediately rushed to Maitama District Hospital by good Samaritans but the staff refused to attend to her for lack of Police report. Police report has been made unnecessary by provisions of the Gunshots Act 2017.
Disturbed by the sad development, the Senate through a motion sponsored by Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong mandated his committees on Health and Police to carry out thorough investigation on Olorunfemi’s death and report back in two weeks time.
Senator Ekpenyong had while presenting the motion quoted the Gunshots Act 2017 which states that as from the commencement of this Act, every hospital in Nigeria whether public or private, shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without Police clearance, any person with a gunshot wound.
In his remarks after general debate on the motion and adoption of resolutions, the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said the time has come to make the Police and health personnel in the country adhere to provisions of the Gunshots Act 2017.
Wike had established a nine-member independent panel to investigate the death of Greatness Olorunfemi, a victim of the notorious ‘one-chance’ operators in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.
Sen Asuquo Ekpenyong- APC Cross River South
Sen. Abdul Ahmed Ningi-Bauchi Central
Sen. Ishaku Elisha Abbo-Adamawa North
Sen. Godswill Akpabio-Senate President