PSC orders suspension of killer cop Drambi Vandi

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Nigerian police have ordered the suspension of the officer who shot and killed Lagos-based lawyer Bolande Raheem.

The Police Service Commissioner (PSC) ordered the suspension of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Drambi Vandi over the murder, according to a police statement on Thursday.

The PSC Spokesman, Ikechucwu Ani, said the suspension is with "immediate effect."

The alleged killer cop, The Vandi was attached to the Ajiwe Police Station in the Ajah area of Lagos.

Vandi shot and killed Raheem on Christmas Day. The Cop and his team were said to have tried to stop Raheem and her family members who were on their way home from Church Service.

Drambi Vandi
Drambi Vandi shot a pregnant woman on Christmas Day

It was gathered that the victim was shot when her vehicle made a U-turn under the Ajah Bridge. She was rushed to the nearest hospital and later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Bar Association has demanded a prompt prosecution of the killer cop and N5bn damages for the family.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, made the call on Thursday.

The NBA asked the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to adopt the system he used during ENDSARS Judicial Panel to compensate Raheem's family.

Read the full statement:

PRESS RELEASE

NBA TO MONITOR TRIAL OF KILLER COP, SEEK COMPENSATION FOR FAMILY OF THE DECEASED

The Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch, is to monitor the trial of ASP Drambi Vandi, the policeman that shot and killed Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem in Lagos on December 25, 2022. The Association will also press for monetary compensation for the family of the deceased by the relevant government agencies. This was disclosed in a press statement released by Lagos Lawyer and human rights activist Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN.

Nigerians woke up to the shock of the death of Mrs. Raheem, who was shot in the Ajah area of Lagos inside her car on her way back from an outing with her family. The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch to which Mrs. Raheem belongs, Mr. Ikechukwu Uwana, contacted Mr. Adegboruwa to lead the team of lawyers for the NBA that will monitor the trial of the killer Cop.

The NBA Lagos, in conjunction with the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, 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.

Mr. Adegboruwa has also urged Governor Babajide Sanwoolu to follow the model 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. Mr. Adegboruwa also 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.

Mr. Adegboruwa stated further that it is unacceptable that the issues that led to the 5 for 5 demands of the youths and the EndSARS protests in 2020 have 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.

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN

29/12/2022

Lekki, Lagos.

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