President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the senseless killing of a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Omobolanle Raheem, who was shot in Lagos by policemen on Christmas Day. He said this on Monday, December 26, 2022, night that he was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the brutal killing. He directed the police authorities to take “the strongest possible action” against the culprits, who were already held in detention.
According to a statement issued by the president’s spoke man, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president described the incident as a stark reminder of the recurring 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 on the subject of weapons handling as well as the protection of the rights of citizens.
“In this hour of grief, the nation stands in solidarity with the bereaved family and the NBA. I assure that justice will be done in this case,” the president said.
Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, reinforced his stance on justice for the family of the deceased, as he sent a delegation yesterday to console the family at their home in Ajah.
“We have the permission of Mr. Governor to tell you that justice will be done in this matter,” Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo, told the family of the shot lawyer. Onigbanjo added, “The matter will be charged to court as soon as the police send us the case file. I will be leading the prosecution to show the seriousness the government attaches to this matter.”And that the Governor urges the family of the deceased to take heart, and that the Almighty God should console the family.