Why Lagos is enacting Victims Right Law’

LAGOS State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) has said the state would enact a Victims Right Law to enable victims of crimes, including those of gunshot, to receive urgent medical attention.

He spoke while addressing reporters and stakeholders at a recent ministerial briefing at Alausa, Ikeja.

Onigbanjo said the proposed law highlighted the case of the late Miss Moradeun Balogun.

On December 2, last year, 28-year-old Balogun was returning from work and got off a bus at Gbagada Bus Stop, Lagos.

As she walked towards a street near her residence, she was attacked and stabbed in the neck by robbers.

Some good samaritans rushed the victim to a nearby popular hospital, which refused to attend to her because they did not have a police report. This was despite the “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 and the Criminal Code Act.”

Balogun later died as a result of trauma of having lost too much blood.

Onigbanjo said the law would make it mandatory for hospitals in Lagos to render immediate first aid to victims of trauma such as accidents, stab wounds, gunshot injuries and other medical emergencies.

He said once the law was in place, it would become an offence for hospitals to reject victims because of police report.

He said the Victims Right Law would form part of the proposed legislative reforms of the state government.

“The Victims’ Rights Law is to address situations where victims of crime or emergencies are not given initial medical treatment.”

He listed other proposed laws to include the Domestic and Sexual Violence Law that would lead to the creation of an Agency; Amendment to Cultism Law, Amendment to Administration of Criminal Justice Law to address innovations and developments in the criminal justice system.

“Others are the Administration of Civil Justice Law to develop and articulate a civil justice system and Animal Law to address the issue of domestication of wild animals in the state,” Onigbanjo said.

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