The mother of the Lagos-based female lawyer Omobolanle Raheem, who was killed by a trigger-happy police officer on Christmas day has said that her daughter was pregnant with twins.
The Punch reports that while speaking during a visit to the family house by the Lagos state commissioner of police, Abiodun Alabi, Mrs Salami said that her daughter, who she popularly called “The Law”, was forcibly taken away from her.
Also noting that her daughter was pregnant with twins when she was killed by a police officer attached to Ajiwe police station, ASP Drambi Vandi, the bereaved woman said Bolanle died with her glory.
“I cannot see my ‘The Law’ again. People usually call her ‘The Law’. She was taken away from me. She was pregnant with twins.
“She died with her glory. She left a five-year-old daughter behind. And they took her away.”
A chat between grandmother and granddaughter.
She said: “On Monday, my granddaughter came to me and said ‘Grandma Iju Ishaga, I saw you yesterday when you were crying; you were shouting; is it because of my mummy?’ And I said ‘yes’.
“Then she came again and told me, ‘Pastor Jerry said what God cannot do does not exist; so, grandma, stop crying’. And she kissed me on the cheek.
“It is not easy. A child that I have been training since childhood. I suffered over her. I hawked oranges; there is nothing I did not do.”
How Bolanle Raheem was shot – Husband spills.
Gbenga Raheem, the husband of the lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, who was shot dead by one Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Drambi Vandi in the Ajah area of Lagos State on Christmas Day has now shed light on the sad incident.
It was previously reported that 41-year-old Bolanle Raheem, who was seven-month pregnant, was shot by the policeman on way back from church.
ASP Vandi, who was attached to the Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos State, was said to have spent 33 years in the police force.
Mr Raheem, while attending to sympathizers who visited the family in the Ajah area of Lagos State on Boxing Day, has now spilt more details on the incident.
According to him, “On December 25, my wife, nieces, nephews, and cousins, who had come for the holiday, all went to church. On our way back, my wife said since it was Christmas Day, we should take everyone out, so, we went to a supermarket at Abraham Adesanya, then to Domino’s Pizza.
“After that, we headed towards Ajah to do a U-turn to come back to Abraham Adesanya. When we took the U-turn, we saw policemen stopping some vehicles. As we approached them, they said we should stop, and in the process, we heard a loud sound on my wife’s side window. All of a sudden, I saw blood gushing out of her chest.
“I immediately ran out; my sister-in-law, who was also with us, ran out and held the policeman; he cocked his gun at her too. Talking to him was pointless, so I went to see if anything could be done; I saw my wife gasping for breath, and by that time, my sister-in-law had brought the policeman into the car and pushed him into the front seat.
“We drove to a hospital but they said they couldn’t handle it; we eventually took her to Grandville Hospital, where she was confirmed dead. The policemen took her body and put it in the truck; they wanted me to follow them but I said I needed to go and settle my children.”
Bolanle Raheem: Lagos police takes fresh action over the killing of a female lawyer by an officer on Christmas day.
The Lagos state police command on Tuesday, December 27, said that two officers arrested alongside ASP Dambri Vandi over the killing of a Lagos-based female lawyer, Omobolanle Raheem, have been released.
The officers were released because an investigation by the police showed that they were not involved in the killing of the late lawyer.
Confirming the officers’ release, the spokesperson for the Lagos police command, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the personnel were taken into protective custody immediately after Bolanle was shot and killed by their colleague and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for a thorough investigation.
“A well-trained police officer will not engage in brutality,” Peter Obi fumes over the killing of lawyer Bolanle.
The killing of Omobolanle Raheem by a trigger-happy police officer in Lagos state has continued to elicit reactions.
One of such reaction is from the 2023 presidential candidate for the Labour Party, Peter Obi, who described her death as mindless killing.
Obi said Bolanle’s killing reiterates the need for proper reforms that would meet global best practices within the police.