Medical doctors living in Lagos have gone on a march in protest against the police.
Represented by the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, the doctors have expressed their outrage at the frequent harassment they receive from policemen.
The association’s chairman, Dr. Adeyeye Arigbabuwo said that a recent incident involving one of their colleagues, Dr. Olafisoye Odunayo of Awoyaya, Ibeju Lekki in Lagos, has left doctors with no alternative than protest.
Arigbabuwo said public and relevant agencies must be alerted to the incessant arrest of doctors for nothing more than carrying out their legitimate duties.
Arigbabuwo said Odunayo operated on a patient with pre-eclampsia, in December last year, however the patient, Mrs. Juliet Williams, died on the operating table.
Arigabuwo said that the doctor was treated like a criminal afterwards, despite having done everything possible for his patient.
“Following the death of Mrs. Juliet Williams, the relations felt aggrieved and reported the case to the Police who came to arrest Dr. Odunayo,” he said.
The doctor spent about two weeks in detention and was eventually released on bail with the condition to report periodically to Elemoro police station.
“Barely three weeks after the bail, he was rearrested by another set of police officers purported to be from Abuja on the instructions of the Inspector General of Police,”Arigabuwo said.
“What we found vexatious and demeaning of the arrest was the method employed in arresting him; he was handcuffed in the full glare of his patients as if he were a common criminal.”
The association is calling for the unconditional and immediate release of Dr. Olafisoye as well as any other doctor held in police custody in Lagos state and across the country.