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Outrage as Nigerian police officer kills female lawyer in Lagos on Christmas day

A yet-to-be-identified Nigerian police officer attached to the Lagos police command has reportedly shot dead Bolanle Raheem, a female lawyer.

The incident was said to have happened on Sunday morning, December 25, 2022, in the Ajah area of the state.

It was gathered that the shooting occurred when the deceased and her family were returning from Christmas service.

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Some police officers attached to the Ajiwe police station in Ajah were said to have ordered the car conveying them to stop.

One of the officers allegedly shot at the car and the bullet was said to have hit the lawyer. The police officers were said to have fled the scene immediately after the shooting.

The deceased was reportedly rushed to a hospital where she was confirmed dead.

Confirming the incident, Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police command spokesperson, said the assistant superintendent of police (ASP) who shot at the deceased and two other officers are currently in custody.

“Unfortunate and avoidable incident that was. The ASP that shot and two others with him have since been taken into custody. They are to be moved to the SCID for further investigation,” Hundeyin said on Twitter.

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The killing of the lawyer has since sparked outrage from Nigerians on Twitter, with many calling on the police to take action against officers of the Ajiwe police station.

On December 6, a police inspector attached to the police station allegedly shot dead Gafaru Buraimoh, a resident of Happy Land estate in Ajah.

The incident resulted in protests which halted the flow of traffic in the area.

Thejuggernut wrote; “Good evening @BenHundeyin, one of your officers attached to Ajiwe police Division Ajah, shot at point blank & murdered a lawyer colleague of mine today. This is one too many of similar incidents with @PoliceNG officer in Ajiwe.

Ore Ya Habibi said; “Every time I see this kind of terrible things. I’m more motivated to secure the life of my children and my generation by doing all it takes to give them another citizenship. As a Nigerian in Nigeria Your life isn’t worth very much.”

Olufon Ade said; “On Christmas Day! May that policeman never find peace for the rest of his life. May his family have every reason to weep on him while he’s alive and may he die of excruciating pain. May the soul of your find peace, condolence bro.”

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