CRIVIFON Lauds IGP On Enforcement Of Gunshot Act, 2017

Mrs. Gloria Egbuji

By Frank Oshanugor

Management of the Crime Victims Foundation of Nigeria (CRIVIFON) has commended the

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun for taking a bold step towards ensuring the enforcement of the provisions of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017.

The Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Gloria Egbuji in a statement on Thursday expressed delight in the recent Circular by the police boss to all police formations in the

country directing them to ensure strict compliance with the Act which has been in existence since 2017 but largely disobeyed by both police and medical personnel in various parts of the country.

The IGP in a circular letter signed on his behalf by his Principal Staff Officer, Olatunji Disu, dated 25th October, 2023 had directed Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Assistants

Inspector General of Police, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands, Commandants of Police Colleges and others to ensure that a letter dated 3rd October, 2023 from the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 was strictly complied with.

Egbetokun has also directed all senior officers to ensure that the Act is made a subject of lecture which should be widely circulated for members of the public to be aware of Police compliance with the national law.

CRIVIFON has expressed appreciation that police top management is now taking the issue of compulsory treatment of gunshot and

accident victims with the seriousness it deserves as many lives have been lost over the years due to non compliance.

It would be recalled that the Foundation in collaboration with other stakeholders had

championed the issue of non treatment of gunshot and accidents for about two decades

before it was finally legislated upon and given a presidential assent in 2017.

Written by: Frank Oshanugor

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