…Urges FG to take up medical care of victims, bring culprits to justice
The Commonwealth Medical Association, CMA, on Wednesday expressed worry over what it described as ‘reports of callous assault and murder’ of defenceless civilian protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos even as it called on the Nigerian government to take up the medical care of injured victims as well as bring the culprits to quick justice.null
The CMA also urged the Nigerian government to guarantee unfettered access to physicians and healthcare workers to care for injured victims and ensure the transparent investigation into the killings and prosecution of perpetrators.
Reacting to the development, President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele, who lamented that the protesters were only demanding for end in police brutality and reforms said CMA viewed as most unfortunate and unacceptable, the alleged prevention of ambulance services and medical care for the injured victims by the military.
He said while the CMA was not currently in a position to make a declarative statement on the pre-morbid state and motives of the elements behind the unholy assault and decimation of defenceless civilian protesters, it deeply regrets the loss of lives.
The CMA President further condemned the unwarranted murder of civilian protesters and gross assault on their fundamental human and health rights.
Noting the enormous human casualties and its implications for health and security, the CMA further called on the Government of Nigeria to urgently calm the situation by arresting further intimidation, assaults and murder of the peaceful protesters.
He said the government should ensure the arrest of criminals and hoodlums who are attacking peaceful demonstrators and ensure strict adherence to existing International treaties on fundamental human rights, and international treaties that govern the treatment of civilians, as enshrined in the Geneva Declaration of 1949.