Omobolanle Raheem was shot and killed by police in Lagos. Omobolanle Raheem, an NBA member, was shot dead on Christmas Day in Lagos by police officers, an act that President Muhammadu Buhari has called “heinous and senseless.”
On Monday night, Buhari expressed his astonishment and sadness upon hearing of the murder. The perpetrators were already in police custody, and he ordered “the harshest possible action” to be taken against them.
The entire country is mourning alongside the NBA and the victim’s family. “I promise you that justice will be performed in this matter,” the president declared.
Also, yesterday, a team led by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu visited the family’s house in Ajah to offer condolences and reaffirm their commitment to seeking justice for the victim’s loved ones.
Moyo Onigbanjo, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State reassured the family of the murdered lawyer that “justice will be done in this situation” with the approval of the state’s governor. Once the police bring us the case file, we will immediately file charges in court,” Onigbanjo continued. To demonstrate the importance the government places on this issue, I shall be in charge of the prosecution.
The governor’s special adviser, Tubosun Alake, reportedly encouraged the family to be positive in a statement. He hoped that God would comfort his loved ones.
Mr. Gbenga Raheem, Bolanle’s husband, commended Sanwo-Olu for his compassion.
Also present were the state’s Head of Service, Muri Okunola, who signed the sympathy register on behalf of the government, the Commissioner for Women and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Bolaji Dada, and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
Chief Tony Ojukwu, executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), expressed his outrage at Raheem’s death and urged the Nigeria Police to check the mental health of all armed personnel and enforce strict adherence to the rules of engagement.
While responding to the death of the attorney, Ojukwu expressed his sadness. According to him, the police officer who murdered the civilians violated Nigeria Police protocol and professional ethics.
“but we are still documenting tragic incidences of extra-judicial executions done by the police officers,” he said, recalling the commission’s efforts to teach police personnel human rights guidelines and how to integrate human rights in law enforcement operations.
Ojukwu praised the police department’s leadership for taking swift action to have the offending officer arrested and taken into jail, and he promised that the commission would keep an eye on the officer’s inquiry and prosecution to make sure that justice was done.
He expressed his condolences to the NBA and the victim’s family. He said the panel was shocked by Raheem’s murder and that there has to be a lasting solution to stop police from killing unarmed people.
The president of the National Human Rights Panel expressed sadness that the commission has documented several examples of extrajudicial murders by the police and pledged to do all in the commission’s power to prevent the cases from being ignored.
An umbrella group representing estates and inhabitants along the Lekki–Epe corridor of Lagos State, known as the Lekki Estates Citizens and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), has demanded swift action to end police killings of its members and other Nigerians.
Raheem’s murder was “distressing” and “one of too many events within a very short period,” as stated by LERSA’s president, James Emadoye, in a statement released earlier today.
Emadoye recalled a demonstration against the assassination of a talented young guy in the Sangotedo region not too long ago that almost got out of hand.
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The president of LERSA has stated that the organization does not believe demonstrations would deliver the necessary outcomes and has instead begun talking with the appropriate authorities to find a durable solution to “what has become a huge threat to the towns in the corridor and the whole nation.”
“I, in presence of some of officials of our exco, held a meeting with the District J Police Commander the morning of the event,” Emadoye said. I can tell you that even the authorities are concerned about this.
A pregnant woman and her four children were murdered while riding in a car. As a group, we need to figure up a plan of action to put a stop to incidents like this one.
Emadoye disclosed that one of the steps LERSA was firmly recommending was having the community assess the psychological health of armed security officers.
He said the group would speak with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police about the issue “immediately.” Our hearts go out to the deceased’s spouse and children this holiday season. Wishing them God’s consolation and strength to endure this difficult time.
He further said that LERSA would see to it that the victim’s family was compensated fairly and that the country no longer wastes human life in this way.
According to Emadoye, “we are glad that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Police Commissioner are already involved, and we are imploring that operation does not only cease with the prosecutors of the murderers of Mrs. Raheem and possible recompense for her family, but also includes clear, measurable, and sustainable actions and steps that will put a stop to sad occurrences like this.” Only in this way can the community expect to bounce back from this bleak holiday season.