Reps probe re­fusal to treat lady stabbed by rob­bers

The Punch - - NEWS - Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

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

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