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Christmas Tragedy: Policeman Arrested After Shooting, Killing Lagos Lawyer Bolanle Raheem

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Omobolanle Raheem, a lawyer based in Lagos, was shot dead on Sunday, December 25, 2022.

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, member was killed by a police assistant superintendent.

Omobolanle Raheem
Omobolanle Raheem

The incident occurred near the Ajah bridge on Christmas Day as the deceased returned from church.

Bolanle was reportedly shot while she sat in the car; the husband was beside her.

Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin reacted to the fatal shooting on Monday.

The spokesman described the officer’s action as “unfortunate and avoidable”.

“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”, he tweeted.

In early December, a policeman with the Ajah Division opened fire and killed Gafaru Buraimoh during a raid of black market fuel sellers.

Both killer cops are believed to be attached to Ajiwe Station, a police post accused of rights abuses and overzealous personnel.

7 Officers Dismissed From The Nigeria Police Force Over Corruption

Imo State Police Command on Thursday, December 22, 2022, dismissed seven of its personnel for corrupt practices.

Mohammed Barde, the commissioner of Police, said the officers were arrested in a bank at Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on illegal duty outside their jurisdiction.

He said they were trying to extort money from their victims.

He gave the details of the policemen as F/No. 462315 Sgt. Ohakim Chibuzo; F/No. 505455 Sgt. Irome Finian; F/No. 505592 Sgt. George Osueke; F/No. 511966 Cpl. Kelechi Onuegbu and F/No. 512320 Cpl. Nwagoro Isdore.

Others are F/No. 528165 PC Nwadike Stephen and F/No. 528156 PC Ihemtuge Plastidus.

They were dismissed over the alleged offences of “discreditable conduct, corrupt practices and leaving beat”.

The CP said: “The ex-policemen were arrested on 08/11/2022 at about 1300hrs, in a bank at Umuahia, Abia State, in the course of performing illegal duty outside their jurisdiction and conspiracy to extort money from an innocent victim.

“They were defaulted, tried, and found guilty of the charges levelled against them, thus were summarily dismissed and charged to Magistrate Court, Owerri with Charge Sheet Number: No. OW/746C/2022.”

He warned other officers against engaging in illicit operations and sharp practices.

Contempt: Abuja Court Sets Aside Order Sentencing Nigerian Police Boss To Prison

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, vacated its ruling that convicted and sentenced the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, to three months in prison for contempt.

Trial judge, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon had in the ruling she delivered on November 29, held that the IGP should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months or until he obeyed an order the court made since October 21, 2011.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit by a police officer, Mr. Patrick  Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, in 1992.

However, at the resumed proceedings in the matter, yesterday, Justice Olajuwon vacated the committal order on the premise that evidence before her indicated that the IGP has substantially complied with the earlier order the court made for Mr. Okoli to be reinstated.

She held that in view of the development, the court was minded to give a sympathetic consideration to an application the IGP filed to set aside his conviction and sentence.

“In view of the substantial compliance with the order of the court and the assurance of ensuring full compliance, the order commuting the applicant, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, is hereby set aside,” Justice Olajuwon held.

The judge had before she ordered the committal of the IGP to prison, noted that the court had in another judgment that was delivered on October 21, 2011, by Justice Donatus Okorowo, which ordered the IGP to comply with a directive from the PSC, which okayed Okoli’s reinstatement.

Meanwhile, the IGP, in a counter-affidavit he filed before the court, argued that the PSC was responsible for the promotion and reinstatement of any police officer, adding that remuneration of such officer, was the responsibility of the Federal Government through the CBN and the Accountant General of the Federation.

He told the court that the service file of the applicant could not be traced in the Police database, a situation he said prevented him from recommending the Applicant for promotion.

The IGP said he did not disobey the order of court as the applicant has not attended the Mandatory Management Course, which would enable him to be promoted to the management rank.

His argument was dismissed by the court, which maintained that he must comply with the judgment that ordered Okoli’s reinstatement.

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