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JUST IN: Lagos governor Sanwo-Olu reacts to killing of female lawyer Bolanle Raheem by Nigerian police officer

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has condemned in the strongest term, the alleged shooting and killing of Bolanle Raheem, a lawyer at the Ajah bridge by a Police officer attached to Ajiwe Police Station.

The governor expressed shock and sadness over the mindless shooting of “a harmless citizen” by a Police officer whose primary job function was to protect the same citizen.

Recall that it was earlier reported that the lawyer was murdered on Sunday, December 25, 2022, while she and her family were on their way out for a Christmas Day celebration.

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Sanwo-Olu sympathized with the family, friends and associates of the late Bolanle Raheem, pledging the state government’s full support and cooperation with the Police authorities in their investigation to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the shooting, that led to the untimely death of the innocent citizen, with a view to ensuring that justice is served.

He said: “I have studied preliminary reports on the matter and have instructed the appropriate government officers to immediately get on it. We must ensure speedy justice for the late Bolanle. Our government cannot sit back and watch our citizens killed by the same law enforcers that should ordinarily protect them.

“I’m aware that the Lagos State Police Command has arrested, disarmed and detained the Police officers involved in the shooting incident. I can assure you that the accused persons will have their day in court and nothing will be spared under the Laws of Lagos State until justice is served adequately. We will ensure that it is done speedily because justice delayed is justice denied.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu, however, appealed to residents to remain calm and not take the law into their hands on the matter, assuring Lagosians that the government will live up to her responsibilities and get justice for the late Raheem.

The governor prayed for the repose of the late Raheem’s soul, asking God to grant her immediate family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Baba, has condemned the shooting and killing of a legal practitioner, Mrs Omobolanle Raheem by a police officer.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

He said the deceased was allegedly shot and killed by a Policeman attached to Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos State.

The I-G described the incident as unfortunate and ordered speedy investigation and prosecution of the officers responsible for the ugly and unprofessional act.

He said the act didn’t portray the Nigeria Police Standard Operating Procedure and core values.

Baba commiserated with the family,  friends, and colleagues of the deceased and prayed for the repose of her soul.

 

 

 

He pledged to ensure that justice prevailed in the case and warned officers and men of the Force to be professional and people-oriented in the discharge of their duties.

Baba urged police officers to always operate within the ambit of the law, adding that the Force leadership would not condone any inappropriate or unprofessional acts. 

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