The Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate the circumstances surround the death of Linda Angela Igwetu, a member of the batch of National Youth Service Corps, allegedly shot by a policeman in the early hours of Wednesday in Abuja.
Senator Atai Aidoko, citing Order 42 and 52, raised the issue, stating that while on her way home with her friends, the corps member was shot and rushed to Garki Hospital, Abuja, but was not treated because a police report was requested for.
The Senate, thereafter 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 in two weeks.
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 address.
“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. We must continue to show that we will continue to defend our people and defend them here. Let us stand and observe a one-minute silence for Ms. Linda.”
The Senate thereafter observed a one-minute silence for Igwetu.