From Ahmad Mohammed Bauchi
The Bauchi State Police Command has said that, accident or gun-shot victims do not require Police clearance before receiving medical treatment.
Police Public Relations Officer DS Kamal Datti Abubakar disclosed this in a statement distributed to reporters in Bauchi yesterday.
He said, “when such incidence happens the matter should be reported immediately to the Police as clearly stated under Section 4 of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act 1984, which states thus, Offences relating to sheltering and treating an armed robber, It shall be an offence punishable under this Act for any person to knowingly house, shelter, or give quarters to any person who has committed an offence under section 1 (2) of this Act, It shall be the duty of any person, hospital or clinic that admits, treats or administers any drug to any person suspected of having bullet wounds to immediately report the matter to the police”
Kamal said any person who; or hospital or clinic which, fails to report as stipulated in subsection (2) of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this Act ,and a person convicted of an offence under subsections (1) and (3) of this section shall be liable. In the case of an individual, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; and In the case of a hospital or clinic, to a fine of ten thousand naira and in addition the hospital or clinic shall be closed down”
He called on all hospitals, clinics and the public to strictly adhere to the rules of the game.