The Senate during the week mandated its joint committees on Health, Youth/Sports Development and Police Affairs to investigate the killing of a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Linda Angela Igwetu, in Abuja.
The senator representing Kogi East, Atai Aidoko Ali, drew the attention of his colleagues to the death of the NYSC member.
Miss Igwetu was said to have been killed on Wednesday night, a day to her passing out from the NYSC.
She reportedly went out with her friends as part of celebrations for the completion of her mandatory service year.
The late Miss Igwetu was said to have been shot at a police checkpoint near Cedi Plaza in the central area of Abuja by a police officer identified as Benjamin Peters.
The policeman reportedly claimed that he shot at an approaching vehicle in which Miss Igwetu was riding when he heard “help” in his subconscious.
The joint committee is expected to report back to the Senate at plenary within two weeks.
Also, the management of Garki Hospital in Abuja has said it tried its best to save Miss Igwetu but without success.
Speaking on the circumstances that led to the NYSC member’s death, the convener of #ReformPoliceNG, Mr. Segun Awosanya said the Garki hospital refused to treat her without a police report.
But in a statement by the management of Garki Hospital by the Medical Director Dr. Nyomudim Essen, he debunked the report, saying the hospital battled to save her life.
The statement reads: “The attention of Garki Hospital, Abuja, has been drawn to certain defamatory rumours peddled in the social media, July 5 on the unfortunate incident that happened to a promising young lady, Angela Igwetu, whose life was cut short at the prime.
“Garki Hospital deeply sympathises with the family of the deceased, the NYSC and Nigeria on the death of Miss Igwetu.
“Garki Hospital wishes to state that the purported complicity of Garki Hospital, Abuja, in denying Miss Igwatu treatment and allowing her to bleed to death while asking for a police report is false and malicious.
“Garki Hospital, Abuja, does not demand for a police report before attending to trauma patients at its Accident and Emergency Department.
“Garki Hospital does not insist on payment before stabilising trauma patients; it is a tradition that we do not compromise.
“To set the records straight, Miss Igwetu was brought to our hospital at 3.05 a.m on July 4 in a very precarious condition. The doctors on duty at the Accident and Emergency Unit, including the consultant surgeon on call, battled to save her life by providing care, including blood transfusions and limited surgery.
“This was done even before any form of payment could be made; unfortunately, despite all efforts to save her life, she did not make it.”
Complaining about the mass dissemination of reports before an official verification from the hospital, the director threatened to take legal actions against media houses and blogs that may refuse to publish rebuttals and apology within 48 hours.
“Failure to publish the required rebuttals and apology would compel Garki Hospital to take legal actions against such media houses and blogs, including their promoters.
“We also encourage the media to always take a step further by confirming the information they are fed with before broadcasting it to the public.
“Garki Hospital prays for comfort and grace for the family of the deceased at this trying moment.
“Garki Hospital wishes to reassure all Nigerians of the commitment of the management and workers of the hospital our singular duty: saving lives!”
Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki while reacting to the death of the NYSC member, said, “If they treated her, she might not have bled to death. These are deaths that easily could have been avoided. I think until we start holding people accountable to this kind of incidents, they will not stop. Because what is the purpose of we passing the bill, the president assented to it and still hospitals decide not to treat?. Is it that they are not well informed that such law exists?.
“It is important for us in the senate to show that every Nigerian’s life is important, especially young ones that are just about to start their lives. It’s a loss that could have easily been avoided. We must continue to do our best to see how we can defend our people and let them know that their lives do matter.”
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