Buhari Signs Compulsory Treatment and Care For Gunshot Victims Bill into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed into law six bills that have earlier been passed by the National Assembly.

One of the bills is the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 and Anti-Torture Act 2017, which stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit.

“Furthermore, a person with a gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.

“Anti-Torture Act, 2017 makes comprehensive provisions for penalising the acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and prescribes penalties for the commission of such acts.”

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The presidential aide added that Buhari assented to the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017.

He explained that the Act included the gas producing and gas processing companies in the list of agencies that were contributing to the NDDC in addition to the oil companies in a bid to increasing the funding of the commission for effective discharge of its duties.

“Previously, the NDDC Acts excluded the gas companies. The Act makes it explicit that the Gas companies have to be included.

“This is to diversify the sources of funding for the NDDC for the economic wellbeing of the region,” he said.

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