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The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has condemned the Bayelsa State command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, over its handling of the case involving one of its personnel who was said to have shot and brutalized a doctor working with the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Yenagoa.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the spokesman of NARD, Asinobi Ugoeze.

According to the statement, an NSCDC operative, on April 28, allegedly shot at the medical doctor’s car, who at the time was carrying his wife and two children, for hitting a stray dog.

It was gathered that the dog was unhurt in the incident but the resident doctor who was assaulted by the NSCDC officer ended up in hospital.

The statement read: “The Association wishes to express her utter dismay at the events of Friday 28th April when NSCDC operatives opened fire on a doctor in Yenagoa on the assumption that the doctor had killed a dog.

“In a brazen disregard for the rule of law, ethos of civility and human life the doctor was later bundled into the NSCDC office where he was further pummeled to just within the confines of consciousness.

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“As law abiding citizens, we view this incident as an affront on civil liberties that all our security personnel should stand for.”

Ugoeze also expressed dissatisfaction with the reports that the NSCDC had ordered an investigation into the incident when neither the victim, nor the association has been contacted.

He noted that six days after the incident, the security outfit has yet to visit the victim and wondered how the incident could be fairly investigated without hearing from the victim.

The Bayelsa State Commandant of the NSCDC, Desmond Agu, had on Tuesday said that the Commandant-General, Abdullahi Muhammadu, has ordered an investigation into the incident and reiterated that the Corps will not condone any act of indiscipline among its rank and file.

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