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Niger Government Investigates Death Of Former Commissioner

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he Niger government has set up a committee to investigate the death of former Commissioner for information, Malam Danladi Ndayebo, who allegedly died at the IBB Specialist Hospital out of negligence.

The Niger Secretary to the Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, made this known while addressing a news conference in Minna.

Ndayebo, a former Commissioner of Information during Babangida Aliyu’s administration, died on November 7, following a motor accident along Minna-Suleja road.

Matane said that the state government received information about some level of alleged non-professionalism in the management of the deceased by IBB Specialist Hospital Minna.

He said that it was alleged that the deceased was brought to IBB Specialist Hospital Minna with no single doctor on call in the hospital to attend to him.

“I received a call that morning to be informed that late Ndayebo and one other patient were taken to IBB Specialist Hospital in the night. Unfortunately, in the morning when I was called, there was no single doctor to attend to them as victims of an accident.

“When he was finally being attended to, he took his last breath some hours later. As a government, we are very concerned about public government hospitals that would respond to such emergencies with a level of levity and neglect.

“But we will not conclude whether the circumstance leading to his death was a result of negligence. The committee is to see into what has happened to see how such situations can be dealt with to avoid such unfortunate acts in the future,” he said.

The SSG said the committee was to find out the circumstances that led to the death of Ndayebo and established whether or not there was any act of negligence on the part of IBB Specialist hospital or its personnel.

He added that the committee was to review the operations of IBB Specialist Hospital to identify any operational deficiencies and make appropriate recommendations to enable the government to take decisive actions.

He said that the committee is made up of Dr Chindo Sallah, Dr Joseph Kolo, and Dr Umaru Tiffin, representatives of the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, among others.

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