• Police killer 33 years of service, Atiku, Sanwo-Olu, NBA smoke
Gbenga Raheem, the husband of a lawyer, Omobolanle, who was shot dead by Police Deputy Superintendent Drambi Vandi, narrated how his wife was killed.
Gbenga spoke Monday when supporters visited his home in the Ajah area of Lagos state.
PUNCH Subway he had exclusively reported that Omobolanle was coming from a restaurant with some family members on Christmas Day and had tried to make a U-turn under the Ajah Bridge when police fired on his vehicle.
The 41-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital, where she was confirmed dead.
Our correspondents deduced that the woman, who had a child, was seven months pregnant when the tragedy occurred.
Vandi, who was attached to Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos State, is said to have spent 33 years in the police force.
One of our correspondents obtained a voice recording of one of the lawyers who visited the family of the deceased.
The victim’s husband, Gbenga, said: “On December 25, my wife, nieces, nephews and cousins, who had come for the holidays, all went to church. On our way back, my wife said that since it was Christmas Day, we should get everyone out, so we went to a supermarket on Abraham Adesanya, then Domino’s Pizza.
“After that, we head towards Ajah to make a U-turn back to Abraham Adesanya. When we made a U-turn, we saw police officers stopping some vehicles. As we approached them, they said we need to stop, and in the process, we heard a loud bang from my wife’s side window. Suddenly, I saw blood gushing from her chest.
“I immediately ran out; my sister-in-law, who was also with us, ran out and stopped the policeman; he also pointed her gun at her. Talking to him was pointless, so I went to see if anything could be done; I saw my wife gasping, and at that moment, my sister-in-law had put the policeman in the car and pushed him into the front seat.
“We drove to a hospital but they said they couldn’t take it; we finally took her to Grandville Hospital, where her death was confirmed. The policemen took her body and put it in the truck; they wanted me to follow them, but I said I had to go and settle my children.”
PUNCH Subway deduced that Bolanle, a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, recently switched from litigation practice to property law.
She was the CEO of Croston Homes and co-founder of City Building, a real estate development and real estate company.
The deceased worshiped with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Olive Tree Parish, Banana Island, Ikoyi. Lagos, where she worked as a Sunday school teacher.
Police Inspector General Usman Baba, in a statement on Monday from the Force’s spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, ordered the speedy prosecution of all policemen involved in his murder.
Adejobi said: “Description of the incident as unfortunate and sad, the IGP has ordered a swift investigation and prosecution of the officers responsible for the ugly and unprofessional act, which does not reflect the Nigerian Police Standard Operating Procedure and core values. ”.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer Benjamin Hundeyin said the police would carry out a reassessment of their rules of engagement in a bid to put an end to such preventable incidents.
He said: “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, has expressed his sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of lawyer Bolanle Raheem, who was shot dead by a police officer in Ajah on Sunday. December 25th. 2022.
“On the instruction of the Commissioner of Police, the errant officer has since been detained along with members of his team. The CP has also ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for further investigation.”
The president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos State chapter, Ikechukwu Uwanna, said on Monday that NBA president Yakubu Maikyau and his executive committee were monitoring the situation.
He said union members also met with the DPO of the Ajiwe Police Station and the State Police Commissioner to ensure that justice prevailed.
The NBA’s national publicity secretary, Akorede Lawal, said in a statement that the union’s president had demanded that police reveal the details of the killer cop.
He said: “The NBA President has engaged with law enforcement authorities, including the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, (Mr. Bode Adeyinka Adeleke) as well as the Police Commissioner, Lagos State, (Mr. Abiodun Alabi ). In this regard, the NBA can report that the Lagos State Police Command has confirmed that the alleged killer of our member is an ASP Drambi Vandi, an officer, who has been in the police service for 33 years!
“The President of the NBA has informed the police of the determination of the NBA to be a complainant in this case along with the family of the late Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem.”
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu promised speedy justice for the lawyer.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile, on Monday, said his administration will not tolerate the killing of citizens by law enforcement who are supposed to protect them.
He said: “I am aware that the policemen involved in the shooting have been arrested, disarmed and detained by the Lagos State Police Command. I can assure you that the accused persons will have their day in court and nothing will be forgiven under the laws of Lagos State until justice is properly done. We will make sure it is done quickly because justice delayed is justice denied.”
Peoples’ Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar also condemned the lawyer’s murder.
Atiku, in a post on his Facebook page wrote, “The shooting of Bolanle Raheem by a police officer is heartbreaking and doomed. This latest shooting draws attention to the urgent need for police reforms that will clean up the force and align it with best policing practices.
“I call on the police authorities and the justice system to expedite action on the issue, since justice delayed is justice denied. This will serve to deter incidents of the irresponsible shooting of innocent citizens by law enforcement officers.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians have demanded the removal of the DPO from the Ajiwe police station, saying extrajudicial killings are becoming rampant in the division.
Remember that on December 7, 2022, Gafaru Buraimoh was shot dead by a police officer attached to the division.
A Twitter user, @broadcaster, wrote, “CP Lagos, help Ajah. This is the second incident in less than three months in Ajah.”
Another user @Iceugwa said: “Demote the DPO, Area Commander and Lagos State CP as a warning for not controlling their men.”