OrderPaperToday – The Senate today observed a minute silence in honour of late member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Linda Angela who was reportedly shot by a police officer yesterday in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The upper chamber also mandated its Committees on Youth and Sports; Health; and Police Affairs to investigate the incident and report back in two weeks.
This followed a motion by Senator Attai Aidoko (PDP, Aidoko) on the death of the Corps member who he is said was due to pass out today after one year of compulsory service.
Speaking on the circumstances that led to her death, Aidoko said: “She finished work late at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and joined a few friends for a hang out before their passing out parade scheduled for today.
“She left for home around 3 a.m. Wednesday and was shot shortly after the check point near Ceddi Plaza by a police officer who is well identified. Bullet hit her by the rib and she began losing blood in the open roof of the vehicle.
“She was rushed to the hospital but they would not treat her until they see a police report despite the fact that police officers were present. While the deliberation was going on, Angela bled and died.”
In his remarks, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki expressed sadness over the incident which he stressed could have been avoided if the hospital had provided swift treatment to the victim in line with an Act of the National Assembly authorizing hospitals to treat patients with gunshot wounds.
He said: “If they treated her, she might not have bled to death. These are deaths that easily could have been avoided and I think until we start holding people accountable for this kind of incidents, they will not stop.
“What is the purpose of passing the bill, the President assented to it and still hospitals will decide not to treat patients. Is it that they are not well informed about the existence of such law exists?”