The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has announced that it would be demanding at least a N5billion compensation for the family of slain Lagos lawyer Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, who was shot by an Assistant Superintendent, Drambi Vandi.
In a statement released on Thursday, December 29, it was also disclosed that NBA Lagos Branch member and rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) will be leading a team that will be monitoring the trial of the police officer.
The statement read;
“The NBA Lagos in conjunction with the NBA President, Mr. Y.C. Mikyau, SAN, has decided to be part of the prosecution of the policeman as part of its efforts towards securing quick and effective justice for the family of the deceased.
“In this regard, the NBA will be partnering with the Ministry of Justice during the trial.
“Mr. Adegboruwa has in turn obtained relevant briefing from the Hon. Attorney-General of Lagos State and has secured the assurances of an accelerated prosecution once the case file is received from the police.
“The NBA is also seeking monetary compensation for the family of Mrs. Raheem from the government of Lagos State, the Federal Government, and indeed the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission, through its Human Rights Committee.
“The NBA will seek for payment of damages not less than five billion naira in addition to the prosecution of the killer cop.”
Adegboruwa has also urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to follow the model that he adopted during the EndSARS Judicial Panel to “pay compensation to the family of Mrs. Raheem immediately since it is an established fact that her life was terminated illegally by a policeman.”
The SAN called for the immediate implementation of the EndSARS Judicial Panel Report in which far-reaching recommendations were made in relation to:
“1. Psychological orientation for all police officers in the handling and use of weapons;
“2. Training for police officers on basic human rights observance and enforcement;
“3. Improving the welfare of all police officers in terms of their take-home pay, conditions of service, their places of work, and residences in order to make them more conducive;
“4. Recruitment of more police officers to reduce the pressure upon the existing officers whose number is not adequate to effectively police the country.”
Adegboruwa added that it was unacceptable that the issues that led to the 5 for 5 demands of the youths and the EndSARS protests in 2020 had not been addressed despite repeated promises from the government.
He urged the government and the relevant authorities to “go beyond mere press statements of lamentations on the gruesome murder of Mrs. Raheem and to accelerate the prosecution of the killer and payment of compensation to the family of the deceased and all other victims of police brutality”. and
PSC suspends officer arrested for killing of Bolanle Raheem
The suspension of Drambi Vandi, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) who was arrested for killing Lagos-based lawyer Bolanle Raheem, has been approved by the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Ikechukwu Ani, PSC spokesperson announced Vandi’s suspension on Thursday, December 29. The suspension takes effect immediately.
“The Police Service Commission has approved the suspension of ASP Drambi Vandi, AP/no 134901, who allegedly shot and killed a female lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, on Christmas day in [Ajah] area of Lagos State with immediate effect.
“The Commission also directed that the final investigation into the matter is concluded to enable the Commission take further necessary action.
“The Commission in a letter to the Inspector General of Police signed by the acting [Chairperson], Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, JSC rtd CFR, stated that the Commission has carefully examined the facts of the case, observations, and recommendation with respect to allegations against the officer and granted approval for the suspension of the officer from duty with immediate effect.
“The letter titled ‘Re-Request of Suspension from Duty: AP/ NO 134901 ASP DRAMBI Vandi’ with reference No. AP 134901/fs/FHQ/ABJ/9 was dated 28th December 2022.
“The Commission had earlier condemned the unprovoked killing of the lawyer and had demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.
“The Commission also called for proper training of Police personnel on weapon management.”