Buhari condemns Bolanle’s murder, says justice must be done

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the “heinous and senseless” killing of a Lagos-based lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, by a trigger-happy Assistant Superintendent of Police, Drambi Vandi.

Bolanle was shot dead on Christmas Day by Vandi who was attached to Ajiwe Police Station in Ajah, as the officer and his team reportedly tried to stop the deceased and her family members as they drove back home from a church service.

The Nigerian News reports that Bolanle, who was shot when the car she was in tried to make a U-turn under the Ajah Bridge, was rushed to a hospital but was confirmed dead.

The President, in a statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, assured the family of the deceased and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) that justice must be done in the case.

President Buhari said, “In this hour of grief, the nation stands in solidarity with the bereaved family and the NBA. I assure you that justice will be done in this case”.

The president, who said he was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the brutal killing, ordered the police authorities to take “the strongest possible action” against the culprit already held in detention.

According to him, “this incident is a stark reminder of the recurring menace of the mishandling of weapons and a wakeup call to law enforcement agencies, including the Police to ensure the full implementation of reforms instituted by the administration about weapons handling as well as the protection of the rights of citizens.”

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