Reps probe refusal to treat lady stabbed by robbers
The house of Representatives has begun investigation into the death of a 28-year-old Moradeun Balogun, who was stabbed by armed robbers and allegedly denied treatment by a Lagos hospital.
The house also called on the Inspector-general of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to prosecute those found to have been responsible for her death.
Balogun was stabbed in the neck by robbers in the Gbagada area on December 2, while returning from work.
It was alleged that the victim was rushed to R-jolad hospital, where she was not attended to because a police report was not presented by the Good Samaritans who came to her rescue.
The hospital had, however, refuted the claim, saying that she was assessed by two doctors before she was referred to the Gbagada General hospital for vascular surgery.
At the plenary on Tuesday, the lawmaker representing Epe Federal Constituency of Lagos State, Mr Olawale Raji, moved a motion on the matter, which was unanimously adopted.
The motion was titled ‘Urgent need to investigate the alleged refusal by the management of R-jolad hospital, Gbagada, Lagos to treat a victim of armed robbery, Miss Moradeun Balogun, resulting in her death.’
Adopting the motion, the house mandated the Committee on health Care Services to “expeditiously investigate the alleged refusal by the management of R-jolad hospital to provide immediate medical attention to Miss Moradeun on arrival at the hospital, which eventually led to her untimely death and report back to the house as soon as possible.”
Moving the motion, Raji stated that the alleged refusal of medical attention to the victim was a violation of the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017.
he said, “The house is saddened that seven days after the incident, no arrest has been made by the Nigeria Police.”
•L-R: A former Chairman, Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor; Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele; and acting Chairman, Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Prof. Jummai Audi, during a conference on the Reform of Companies Income Tax Act, CAP,C21, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 in Abuja... on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Adeko