NBA reacts to killing of member by police in Lagos


In response to the murder of Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem by the police in Lagos, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch has demanded a prompt trial for the perpetrator.

Ikechukwu Uwanna, the chairman of the NBA's Lagos branch, said in a statement on Monday that he learned of Raheem's death by a Nigerian Police Force officer under the Jubilee bridge in Ajah, Lagos State, at around 5 p.m. on Sunday, when everyone was enjoying the Christmas holiday.

"I quickly contacted Mrs. Abiye Tam-George, the Branch Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, who together with other committee members sprang into action to verify the news.

"Sadly, the information has subsequently been verified as accurate, and the mortuary has received our dead colleague's body.

"The police authorities have confirmed that the police officer who shot and killed our colleague has been arrested and is currently being detained.

"I have been in touch with Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer (Benjamin Hundeyin) and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State (Mr. Abiodun Alabi) who have been very sympathetic and have assured us that the investigation and prosecution of the killer of Mrs. Raheem will be swift.

"The NBA President, Mr. Y. C. Maikyau SAN, and his Exco have also been monitoring the situation to ensure that the matter is given all the serious attention it deserves,” he said.

Uwanna added that members of the NBA, Lagos Branch Human Rights Committee led by Mrs. Tam George had met with the DPO of Ajiwe Police Station, and would meet with the Commissioner of Police later today to emphasize its mandate of ensuring that justice was neither delayed nor denied.

"The committee members have also proceeded to visit the family of our slain member as at the time of releasing this statement.

"I urge us all to take a moment today to pray for the repose of the soul of our slain colleague, and that God will console her husband and family members. We will provide updates as the matter develops," he said.


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