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News - January 18, 2023

NBA President says right to life have become most abused in Nigeria

Advocate for  better working conditions for Police officers 

Stanley Ihedigbo

President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) ,  Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, has said that it is rather unfortunate and regrettable that the right to life has become one of the most abused rights in Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Akorede Habeeb Lawal, the NBA President who attended court session,  tribute and service of songs of   late Omobolanle Raheem that was killed by a police officer on last Christmas day.

He said “,Bolanle’s death is one death too many! She is just but
one of the many Nigerians who have lost their lives at the hands of those who swore to protect them.”

He continued, “This ceremony is being held today because, Omobolanle, in her death, has become the enduring symbol of all innocent Nigerians who lost their lives at the hands of the police and other security agencies.

“Police and other security agencies. Our tribute today is therefore not only to mourn our departed colleague and other citizens, but also to reaffirm our commitment to ensure that justice is done in their cases,” he said.

They added  that in furtherance of the commitment of the leadership of the association to ensure justice in the murder case of their  member, Omobolanle Raheem , the NBA President,  on 16 January, 2023 led other National Officers to the Lagos State High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square to observe proceedings at the commencement of the criminal trial of ASP Drambi Vandi who has been charged for killing our member on 25 December, 2022 .

“The Defendant was present in court, he was arraigned and he pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of murder. Defendant was represented by counsel, while the State was represented by the
Honourable Attorney General, the
Solicitor General and the Director of Public Prosecution of Lagos State. Mrs. Titilola Akinlawon, SAN led members of the NBA Omobolanle Raheem/Gafaru Buraimoh Ad hoc Committee to hold watching brief for Raheem’s family.

“Prosecution opened its case by calling one Inspector Matthew Ameh. PW1 was one of the policemen that were at the scene of crime, as he was on duty alongside the Defendant on the day of the incident. At the close of his evidence in chief, he was cross-examined by Defendant’s counsel. Counsel to the Defendant could however not conclude the cross examination and the charge was
accordingly adjourned at the instance of the Defence. On the application of the Honourable Attorney General of Lagos State and with the concurrence of Defence Counsel, the Court granted an accelerated hearing of the charge and it was accordingly adjourned to 25 and 26 January, 2023 for continuation of hearing.

“After the court session on 16 January, 2023, the NBA hosted a Day of Tributes in honour of Omobolanle at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, after which the NBA President led other members of the Bar to the Service of Songs as arranged by the family of Omobolanle Raheem at Olive Tree Parish, RCCG, Ikoyi, Lagos. Our member, Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem was interred, 17 January, 2023 after a burial service was held at the same Olive Tree Parish, RCCG, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The NBA was also represented at the event. Beginning a spate of touching tributes by members of the NBA, family and friends of Mrs. Raheem, the NBA President
confessed that it gave him “NO pleasure” to render the tribute to our learned friend,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the NBA President met with the Inspector General of the Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman, and commended the IGP for his swift intervention with respect to the incident which led to the demise of  Omobolanle .

He insisted that Nigerians are resolved to ensuring that the trend of extra judicial killings must come to an end and that the NBA is taking the lead in that respect.

“TheNBA President further decried the pitiable conditions under which police officers operate and he offered the support and partnership of the NBA to advocate for and pursue better working conditions for members of the Nigeria Police Force. The IGP thanked the NBA for the visit and commiserated with the NBA over the killing of Omobolanle Raheem. He restated the dedication of the Police to also ensure justice in this case and other similar cases including that of Gafaru Buraimoh and he accepted the offer of partnership by the NBA,”  he further added.

 

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