Nigeria Police said it will prosecute any medical doctor who would refuse to treat any accident or gunshot victim for negligence.
Force spokesman, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, had last week told a press conference in his office that any refusal to treat a victim of accident or gun wound amounts to negligence of duty and it is criminal and such doctor will be liable for prosecution in the law court.
CP Ojukwu said such victims should be treated first and thereafter, report the matter to the police.
Ojukwu reiterated the position in a statement yesterday that Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase has enjoined members of the public including medical personnel to attend to accident victims and persons with gunshot injuries and thereafter, inform the Police for necessary action.
The statement saif, “This became imperative, following neglects and consequent untimely death of victims in this regard out of fear of being implicated without Police involvement.
“The Police High Command also directed its Officers and men not to harass good Samaritans/Nigerians in this regard, but endeavour to elicit correct facts in relation to incident from them.
“Doctors on duty are equally duty bound to treat victims of gunshot wounds and further inform Police of relevant facts. The safety of Nigerians is a collaborative effort of all and sundry. Police therefore, enjoin citizens not to relent in their cooperative attitude in ensuring safety of all. While they are also to report any suspicious person or persons to the nearest Police Station.