The Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate the circumstances
surround the death of Miss Linda Angela Igwetu, the NYSC Corper who
was allegedly killed by a Police Officer two nights ago.
Senator Atai Aidoko, citing Order 42 and 52, raised the issue, stating
that while on her way home with her friends, the corper was shot and
rushed to Garki hospital, Abuja but was not treated because they
needed a police report.
Commenting on the Motion, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar
Bukola Saraki, said:
“There are two issues here. One, is how could this have happened?
How could the officer mistakenly or otherwise have shot in such a way
that led to this young ladies death?
“Secondly, we have passed this Compulsory Treatment and Care of
Victims of Gunshots Act, and the President assented to it on the 30th
of December 2017.
“Until we start holding people accountable to these kinds of incidents,
they will not stop. What is the point of us passing a Bill, and the
President assenting to it, then it becomes law, and still, people will
decide that they will not treat a patient.
“Is it that they are not well-informed? Is it that they were not aware
that such a law exists? There are a number of issues that we need to
“Every Nigerian life is important. Especially young ones that are just
about to start their own lives and careers. This is a loss that could
have been avoided.”
The Senate resolved to:
Mandate its Committee on Youth and Sports to investigate the death of
the NYSC Corper; mandate its Committee on Health to investigate the
non-treatment of the patient, and; mandate its Committee on Police
Affairs to investigate the cause of the incident.
All three Committees have been directed to report back to the Senate