Lagos Assembly passes accident victim, witness protection bill

The Lagos State Home of Assembly on Thursday handed a bill to guard witnesses and victims within the state.

The ‘bill for a regulation to offer for the rights and entitlements of victims and protection of witnesses and for related functions’ was handed throughout plenary presided over by the Speaker of the Home, Mudashiru Obasa.

The bill stipulates provision of help and protection to victims and witnesses who’ve very important data that might assist guarantee efficient prosecution of instances, however who face intimidation resulting from their cooperation with the prosecution or regulation enforcement businesses.

Part of the bill additional states: “Each particular person, together with safety brokers shall render help to victims of accidents or crimes and be sure that such individuals are taken to the closest hospital for instant care and therapy.

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“A public or personal hospital shall present instant and enough therapy to an accident sufferer or any particular person with gunshot and extreme accidents or wounds.”

It stipulates a wonderful for any medical facility that fails to adjust to the associated part of the bill.

“A personal hospital that receives accident victims with extreme accidents or wounds for therapy underneath this part should inform the company inside Forty-Eight (48) hours of his admission, and ahead a request for reimbursement of medical bills the place members of the family or relations can’t be recognized or the place the sufferer is indigent, and topic to the approval of the request by the company, it shall ahead information of the therapy to the company,” the bill states.

With the bill scaling a 3rd studying throughout plenary, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the Home, Olalekan Onafeko, to ship a clear copy to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.

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