The news of the death of a young gospel artiste and music producer by name Ebenezer Ayeni, who was shot by armed robbers has thrown many people into a state of mourning.
The young man who is based in Akure and popular known as Heben was shot at his residence a few days to his wedding. Reports has it that the robbers shot him at close range after collecting his belongings at his apartment in Apete.
According to the report, the young man rushed to University College Hospital(UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State but the medical personnel requested for a police report before attending to him since it was a bullet wound. He was later taken to J-Rapha Hospital in Ibadan but still, the doctor requested for a police report before he will be treated. Sadly, the young man died a few minutes later.
The weird attitude of hospitals requesting for police report before treating people with bullet wounds should be revisited, the relevant authorities should consider the present security situation in the country and understand that the possibility of innocent people being shot has increased tremendously.
Also, even if they thought that Heben was an armed robber, nothing stops them from saving his life first then inviting the police to come and investigate him while he is still being attended to, the first duty of a hospital is to save life.
A bullet wound is an emergency case and should be treated as such before making demands.
The ROBBERY AND FIREARMS (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) 4, section 2, talks about treating of persons with bullet wounds. It says that it is the duty of the hospital, clinic or person treating anyone with bullet wounds to immediately report the matter to the police.
The above law did not say that the person should not be treated first before reporting, the federal government should ensure that this law is implemented in hospitals.
This vibrant young man may have been saved if the Federal Government had ensured that this law is implemented.
It is so sad and we hope this never happens again.
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