Nigeria Police in Lagos on Wednesday said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris had directed that victims of gunshot wounds should be treated with or without police report.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen that the IG had authorized hospitals to take care of such persons first then make proper report at the nearest police station. He said: “Our personnel has been warned not to hoodwink any medical practitioner. “Any medical practitioner that insists on the production of a police report is doing that on his own.
“All the hospital needs to do is to report at the nearest police station for accountability and record purpose. “This is important for the protection of the hospital because when the police is aware, they can protect the hospital from further invasion by the victim’s gangs to rescue him,” he said.
Owoseni said that the command was aware of the public observations on acts of indiscipline by some policemen, saying that the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers had been cautioned. “We have passed on your observations and we hope they pass it on to their subordinates too,” he said.