The Lagos State Council of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has clarified that the person arrested for administering an injection to the late Nigerian rapper, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, widely known as Mohbad, is not a registered nurse.
In a press statement shared on the association’s official platform (formerly Twitter) and signed by Toba Odumosu, the Secretary of Lagos NANNM, the organization stressed the importance of professionalism in reporting and conducting investigations into the circumstances surrounding the rapper’s death.
NANNM also urged the media to exercise caution and accuracy during this critical phase of the investigation. Furthermore, they debunked the term “Auxiliary Nurse,” asserting that it has no place within Nigeria’s healthcare system or its legal framework.
The association expressed condolences to the family, friends, fans, and associates of the late ‘peace’ hitmaker who passed away on September 12. They pledged full support for the ongoing investigation and called on relevant authorities not to leave any stone unturned in the pursuit of justice.
The statement underscored the need to verify the qualifications and professional status of individuals before labeling them as healthcare professionals. In Nigeria, to be recognized as a Nurse, one must complete a rigorous five-year Bachelor of Nursing Science program at a university, followed by an additional year of internship.
Alternatively, individuals can undergo training at an accredited School/College of Nursing and become registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The statement concluded with a call for caution and accuracy in reporting by both the investigating authorities and the media to avoid any misrepresentation of Nurses and the Nursing profession. NANNM demanded that media outlets that inaccurately reported the arrest of a Nurse take immediate corrective action to rectify their stories.