Gunshot victims can now receive treatment without monetary deposit and police report


Gunshot victims in Nigeria can now receive treatment in hospitals without providing a police report and/or depositing a service charge as it was obtainable, according to an act titled ‘Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017’ recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, who announced the passage of the bill into law, the Act specifically stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit.

He further explained that a person with gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including police and other security agencies.

Other bills signed by the President include:  Anti-Torture Act, 2017, Niger-Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017, The Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment) Act, 2017, The National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Act, 2017.

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