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Christmas Day Killing of Female Lawyer by Cop in Lagos: IGP Orders Prosecution of Culprit, Assures of Justice

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered speedy investigation and prosecution of the police officer responsible for the shooting and killing of a lawyer, Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, in the Ajah area of Lagos state, on Christmas day.

Baba condemned the murder of Raheem, perpetrated by a policeman attached to Ajiwe Police Station, Lagos, after he stopped a vehicle being driven by her husband, describing it as unfortunate and sad.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said the IGP viewed the action as ugly and unprofessional, which doesn’t portray the Nigeria Police Standard Operating Procedure and core values.

“In the same vein, the IGP commiserates with the family,  friends, and colleagues of the deceased as he prays for the repose of her soul.

“He further assures the general public of justice in the case, while he warns officers and men of the Force to be professional and people-oriented in the discharge of their duties and operate within the ambit of the law, as the Force’s leadership will not condone any inappropriate or unprofessional acts,” he added.

Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos Police Command spokesperson, had identified the culprit as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and disclosed that two other officers have been arrested and are currently in custody.

Media reports had quoted a distress message sent by her colleague and a member of the Lagos branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), to another member of the association, after she was killed.

The lawyer said, “I am Barr. Yvonne, a member of the NBA Lagos Branch, Sir I tried reaching out to you but I guess you are busy.
“My boss Barr Omobolanle Raheem was shot dead today, by a POLICE OFFICER on her way back from Xmas service at Ajah under bridge. Her family just called me now, that they need a lawyer to stand in for them before the police changes the narrative. They have taken the matter to Ajiwe Police Station.

“The police officer is from Ajiwe station. Her husband was the one driving, Barr. Omobolanle was seated in the front with her husband.

“The officer asked them to park and they needed the vehicle in front to move so they can park well, and immediately the police officer shot at a close range right into her chest. On seeing what happened, the remaining police officers on duty there absconded.

“After a while, some police men came and moved her body to the mortuary in Yaba, without obtaining any consent from her family members. Currently her family has located where they moved her body to.

“I am currently not in Lagos, I thought of bringing this to you for your assistance and guidance ma. Thank you,” she stated.

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