UMTH: Shettima Splashes N6.5m On Victims Of Police Brutality
BEVERLY HILLS, February 05, (THEWILL) - Victims of police brutality at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) have been given the sum of N6.
5million by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to alleviate their suffering.
Some policemen had stormed the hospital last year following the killing of their colleagues when Boko Haram unleashed an unprecedented terror on Bama.
Alleging that the hospital staff did not give adequate attention to their colleagues who were victims of the Bama attack, the policemen assaulted the staff, beating them to a pulp and destroyed property belonging to the Teaching Hospital.
Shettima, who was moved by the report of the assault quickly set up an investigative committee to look into the matter.
Upon the receipt of the committee's report, Governor Shettima directed the state Ministry of Finance to immediately release the sum of N6.
5 million to assist the victims of the brutality.
The governor, while commending the management and staff of the Teaching Hospital for the maturity exhibited during the incident, praised the committee for doing a thorough job as he assured that the recommendation of the committee will be fully implemented .
The chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Shehu Liberty , who expressed gratitude to Shettima for the kind gesture and other giant strides in the health sector in the state, disclosed that the hospital management also constituted a committee to look at the incident.
He praised the governor for his timely intervention, which according to him, prevented a strike action by the hospital staff to protest the brutality .
He disclosed that the committee recommended that Dr.
Abba Kabir who sustained a fracture on his leg during the brutality should be given N3 million while Professor Ngada should receive N500,000, and Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee [CMAC] of the hospital , Dr.
Bashir is to get N1 million.
The committee, according to him, also recommended that the 29 other staff who lost their valuables during the incident should jointly share the sum of N1 million.