The Chief Medical Director of the Garki Hospital, Abuja, Dr Adamu Onu, was on Monday grilled for hours when he appeared before the independent investigative panel of the National Human Rights Commission on violations of rights by the defunct SARS and other police units.
He was summoned to respond to the allegation of negligence made against the hospital by one Chinenye Igwetu.
Igwetu filed a petition before the panel in a suit, marked 2020/IIP-SARS/ABJ/10, alleging extrajudicial killing of her younger sister, Linda Igwetu, a member of the National Youth Service Corps.
Inspector Benjamin Peters; the FCT Commissioner of Police; Inspector-General of Police; CMD, Garki Hospital and the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria were joined as respondents.
While testifying before the panel, Igwetu alleged that Inspector Peters shot her sister on July 3, 2018, adding that she was asked to deposit N50,000 for the treatment of the deceased at Garki Hospital.
She further alleged that the hospital told her that the deceased lost a lot of blood and needed to be transfused, adding that despite her willingness to donate blood, she was told that a woman could not donate blood and that she should look for a male to do so.
But the CMD, who appeared before the panel on Monday, denied the allegations.
He said as a matter of policy, the hospital did not demand money to treat anybody that reported at its accident and emergency unit since 2007.
The CMD informed the panel that CCTV was installed in every part of the hospital, adding that there were videos of what transpired the day the deceased was brought to the hospital.
He explained that during the hospital’s appearance before the committee set up by the Senate to investigate the case, the policewoman who told the petitioner to get a male donor owed up that she told her so, and not the hospital.