•I sold oranges to train her at school—mother
•I watched my wife gasp—widower
•Take action against killer cop, Buhari orders IGP
•Lagos Attorney General Leads Prosecution Team in Trial; Presidential candidates, PSC respond
By Evelyn Usman, Johnbosco & Esther Onyegbulam
LAGOS – Omobolanle Raheem, the female lawyer who lost her life to a bullet from an AK 47 service rifle allegedly fired by a police officer in the Ajah area of Lagos on Christmas Day, was pregnant with twins, according to Cable.
This was revealed yesterday by her grief-stricken mother, Ms. Salami, as the Lagos State Police Commissioner paid a condolence visit to the bereaved. She tearfully recalled selling oranges to train her in school. This is just like the late Bolanle’s widower, Gbenga Raheem, told how he saw her gasp until she died, upon reaching the third hospital where she was rushed to.
“Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari, who condemned the act, has ordered the Inspector General of Police IGP Alkali Baba to take action against the murdering cop. SAN, said he would lead the prosecution team in the trial of the murdering cop.”
During a condolence visit to the bereaved by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, the mother of the late Bolanle confirmed that her daughter was pregnant.
She couldn’t hold back her tears and wailed, “I won’t see my lawyer again. She was taken from me. She was pregnant with twins. She died with her glory, leaving behind a five-year-old baby.
Continuing in tears, she said, “On Monday, my granddaughter came to me and said, ‘Grandma, Iju Ishaga, I saw you crying yesterday, was it because of my mom?’, ‘I said yes. Then she came again and told me that ‘ Pastor Jerry said that what God can not do does not exist . So, grandma, stop crying and she kissed me on the cheek.
“That’s how she was taken from me. Oluwagbenga (referring to the husband of the deceased), you will not see your love.
“It’s not easy. A child I trained from childhood. I suffered because of her. I sold oranges; there’s nothing I haven’t done.”
How Bolanle was killed
Widower of the late female lawyer, Gbenga, who has yet to accept the reality of his wife’s passing, stayed upstairs in his duplex at the Atlantic, Lakowe, Ajah estate yesterday, where close friends and relatives comforted him.
On the tragedy that befell his family, Mr. Raheem said: “On December 25, 2022, I woke up to my wife, children, my niece and nephew who came to spend the holidays with us.
“My church in Ikoyi had a program. So we decided to go to a nearby church. After the service, my wife told us to get everyone out because it was Christmas. We went to the Alibaba supermarket near Abraham Adesanya, where we got ice cream. Then we went to Domino’s Pizza, near Thomas Estate. We had our pizza and ice cream. From there we headed towards Ajah to make a u turn to come back to Abraham Adesanya.
“When we made the u-turn, we saw police officers stopping cars. They told us to stop. We heard a loud noise on my wife’s side window. Suddenly I saw her chest open and blood gushed out.
“I immediately ran away. My sister-in-law, who was also with us, ran out and detained the policeman. He (police officer) pointed his gun at her. Talking to him was pointless. I ran back into the car to see if anything of my wife could be saved. I saw her gasp. By this time, my sister-in-law had taken the policeman to the car and pushed him into the front seat. We went to Budo Specialist Hospital. But they said they couldn’t handle it, that we had to go to Doren hospital.
“When they reached Doren Hospital, they tried to put bandages and cotton wool on her chest. They asked what had happened. I said a policeman shot her . They tried to put her on oxygen because she said she couldn’t breathe. They also tried to put a syringe in her hand. The nurse finally said they couldn’t handle it because it was a bullet and we should take her to Grandville Hospital in VGC. When they reached Grandville, they declared her gone.
“Police carried her body and put her in their vehicle. They wanted me to follow them, but I said I had to go and arrange my children, whom I had dropped off at Budo Hospital.
“I went back to take them home. One of my neighbors saw me on the way and helped me take them to the house. So I went back to the police station. My friends and neighbors came by and wanted to pray for the body, but they (police) had taken her to the mainland.
Take action against the killer cop, Buhari orders IGP
President Buhari described the murder of the female lawyer and member of the Nigerian Bar Association as horrific and in a statement released yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, expressed shock at the action of the policeman.
He said the incident was a strong reminder of the recurring threat of gun mishandling, adding that it was a wake-up call for law enforcement agencies to ensure that the reforms instituted by the administration on gun handling be fully implemented. protection of citizens’ rights.
He said: “In this hour of grief, the nation stands in solidarity with the bereaved and the NBA. I assure you that justice will be done in this matter.”
The Police Service Commission, PSC, which also responded to the killing, described it as an irresponsible and brutal act, adding that it had directed the police leadership to expedite the investigation into the matter and forward its report for consideration and further disciplinary action .
A statement from the commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, further called on the police to put in place a formidable program for the further training of its men in gun handling, noting that the case of unprovoked shooting and killing of innocent Nigerians had become a concern.
“The Commission notes that by its establishment and constitutional mandate, the police are expected to protect and save lives and not the other way around. Acting President of the Commission, Judge Clara Bata Ogunbiyi on behalf of the Board and Staff, expresses condolences to the family of the deceased, especially her husband who drove her home when they were accosted by the trigger happy Policeman, the statement read.
Also, presidential candidates in the 2023 general election used their respective Twitter handles to condemn the police officer’s action.
Five of the candidates agreed in separate statements that Nigeria’s police force should be reformed and cleaned up immediately to end instances of police brutality and extrajudicial killings of civilians.
They were Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP; Peter Obi of the Labor Party, LP; Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC; Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party NNPP and Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress, AAC.
“I call on the police and judiciary to take swift action in this case as justice is being denied. This will serve as a deterrent against the incidents of the irresponsible shooting of innocent civilians by law enforcement,” Atiku tweeted.
For his part, Tinubu tweeted, “Raheem’s murder at the hands of a trigger-happy cop underscored the need for police reform.
Obi, who was shocked at the “mindless murder”, said the lawyer’s death was a huge loss. “Her murder and the loss of many innocent lives across the country at the hands of trigger-happy police officers is why I will initiate immediate and inclusive reform and governance of the security sector, SSRG.
“Therefore, we need to improve the functioning and effectiveness of the police force by strengthening their civilian oversight and by increasing their strength, equipment, financial allocation and improved professional training. Our national police strength must be relative to our national population and must meet global standards,” he said.
Similarly, Kwankwaso said, “The murder of Ms. Bolanle Raheem by a trigger-happy police officer underscores the need for a thorough sanitation of Nigeria’s police force. Police officers should be the first layer of protection for civilians and should not be consistently caught doing the opposite.”
Sowore tweeted “it is sad that police have not learned lessons from the October 2020 #EndSARS protests. “A system of impunity used to take the lives of Nigerians must be stopped!”
Onigbanjo to lead the prosecution team
Meanwhile, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, has announced that he will lead the prosecution team in the trial of Ms Bolanle Raheem’s murderer.
He made the revelation yesterday as he led a delegation sent by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to comfort the bereaved at their home in Ajah.
Omotosho said, “We have permission from Mr. Governor to tell you that justice will be done in this matter. The case will be taken to court as soon as the police send us the file. I will lead the prosecution to show how serious the government is on this case.”
The delegation included: Chief of the Service, Muri Okunola, who signed the book of condolences on behalf of the government; Commissioner for Women and Poverty Reduction Ms Bolaji Dada and Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso.
The widower appreciated the governor’s empathy.
However, information available to Vanguard indicated that other police officers on duty with the killer cop on the day of the incident had been released at command headquarters at the conclusion of the Orderly Room Trial. shot that snuffed the life out of Bolanle to face the consequences of his action.
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