Senate Moves To Investigate Murder Of NYSC Member By Police Officer

By Ikenga Chronicles July 5, 2018

Senate Moves To Investigate Murder Of NYSC Member By Police Officer

The Senate has set the ball rolling by mandating three of its committees to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of a female corps member, Nkechi Igwetu.

Recall that Nkechi Igwetu was reportedly shot by police officers in Abuja on Wednesday.

Speaking on the floor of the Red Chamber, Senator Atai Aidoko, drew the attention of his colleagues to the murder of Linda Nkechi Igwetu;

“With the assent to the compulsory treatment and care for victims of gunshot bill 2017 on December 30, victims of a gunshot can now receive treatment in the hospital without a police report. This is a bill that has been passed and assented. Despite this, two nights ago Miss Linda Angela, a corps member serving in Abuja was allegedly shot by police officers. The deceased was meant to pass out of the NYSC program today.

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“She finished work late 11 p.m. 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 checkpoint near Ceddi Plaza by a police officer who is well identified.

“Bullet hit her by the midrib 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.”

Contributing, Mao Ohabunwa (Abia-PDP), blamed the incident on the police.

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He said, “It is important we call the police to order because we are having too many trigger-happy policemen and they use this purely on innocent citizens instead of using it on criminals. I would have been happy that those criminals who killed the seven policemen, maybe others would have gunned them down. I wonder and imagine the kind of trauma her family will be going through now, preparing to receive their daughter only to receive her corpse.”

Reacting, Senate President, Bukola Saraki 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 to this kind of incidents, they will not stop. Because what is the purpose of we passing the bill, the president assented to it and still, hospitals will decide that. Is it that they are not well informed that such law exists?

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“It’s important for us in the Senate to show that every Nigerian’s life is important, especially young ones that are just about to start their lives. It’s a loss that could have easily been avoided. We must continue to do our best to see how we can defend our people and let them know that their lives do matter,” he said.

The lawmakers finally agreed to mandate the Senate committees on Youth and Sports, Health and Police Affairs to investigate the cause of the incident and report back in two weeks.

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