The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has condemned in totality the gruesome killing of 41 years old Lagos lawyer, Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, by a trigger-happy police officer, identified as ASP Drambi Vandi, at the Ajah area of the state on Christmas day.

The Association also commiserated with Raheem’s family, asking God Almighty to comfort them and ease the unbearable pains they are going through at the moment.

In addition, the association is calling for a total overhaul of the policing architecture through retraining and reorientation programmes to enable men and officers to come to terms with the realities of engaging in carrying out their day-to-day functions.

In a press statement signed by the Association’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eric Elezuo, the body noted with dismay that the unwarranted death is one death too many in the hands of Police personnel, who are supposedly saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives, and act as a succour in times of crisis, stressing that nothing should be left to chance to bring the perpetrator/perpetrators to justice.

While acknowledging the achievements of the police, especially in Lagos, under the leadership of CP Abiodun Alabi, the Association noted that the death of Mrs. Raheem, could have been avoided if policemen sent to the streets have the requisite training and orientation to handle the civil public.

“We condemn in strong terms the gruesome killing in the daylight of Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, who was until her death, a law practitioner based in Lagos State.

“Mrs. Raheem’s death is one death too many in the hands of trigger-happy policemen, which could have been avoided.

“Consequently, we call for a total retraining of Police Officers and a thorough orientation course. In addition, there shall be close monitoring of every officer sent on assignment to maintain checks and balances in the discharge of duties.

“While we acknowledge the professionalism with which the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Abiodun Alabi, is carrying out his duties, we demand more than just investigation into the murder to ascertain if there were remote causes to the killing or otherwise.

“Meanwhile, we commiserate with the bereaved family and hope the Almighty God will console them in a way no human can. We acknowledge with deep pains especially as it happened on a Christmas when every family was expressing heartfelt happiness,” Elezuo said.

In another development, the president of the Association, Mr. Samson Oki, has called on members of the public to assist the police as they try to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of Mrs. Raheem while lending the force to the call for police reforms in all ramifications.

“At a time like this, a lot is involved. We, therefore call on the members of the public to assist the Police to uncover both the remote and immediate causes that led to the shooting just as there is a need to bring about a thorough investigation of the Police as the first point of contact for the civil society,” he said.


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