President Buhari Signs Bills On Treatment Of Gunshot Victims, Anti-torture And More Into Law

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday passed six bills passed by the National Assembly into law.

President Buhari

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 bills include Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 and Anti-Torture Act, 2017.

Enang explained that Compulsory Treatment and Care Act will ensure treatment of victims with gunshots and related injuries.

He said;

Specifically, the Act 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.”

He said the President also assented to the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act.

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,


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