According to a report by Punch Newspapers, a young about-to-wed music producer was killed by armed robbers in his residence on Thursday. Tears was flowing in a neighbourhood in Ibadan after the death of Ebenezer Ayeni was announced.
A very close source to the deceased revealed that he was rushed to private and public hospitals but they all refused to treat him because of his gunshot wounds.
It is a common practice in Nigeria that hospitals will refuse to treat patients with gunshot wounds until a statement is issued by police officers. Most of the time, it is always too late to save the patient because of the time that has been wasted.
It's hard to blame these hospitals because it's not easy to differentiate between criminals and victims, besides, they are abiding by the law that forbids them to treat gunshot wounds until a police statement is provided.
“He gave up the ghost after struggling with life for more than two hours. We were planning your wedding next week and not your burial. Rest in perfect peace brother", his friend Mc ShayorComedian posted on Facebook.
So many tributes have been written about this young man on Facebook where I found out that he is also a popular gospel singer in Akure, Ondo state.
The legislators and other bodies and organisations responsible for amending laws should alter the law that prevents hospitals from treating patients with a gunshot wound.
So many lives have been lost because of this law and I think it's time to change it. Even a criminal deserves to live to face the consequences of his action, saving lives should come first, not a police report.
Nigerians have been demanding for this law to be amended for as long as I can remember but nothing has been done. Saving of patient's lives should come first, irrespective of the wounds or the actions that led them there.
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