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NBA to demand N5bn compensation for Bolanle Raheem’s family – Adegboruwa

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos Branch on Thursday would monitor the prosecution of the police officer who killed female lawyer Bolanle Raheem and demand N5 billion as compensation for her family.

Mrs Raheem was fatally shot in Lagos on December 25 while on a Christmas outing with her family.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Drambi Vandi, attached to the Ajiwe Police Division in Ajah, Lagos State, is alleged to have committed the murder.

In a press statement on Thursday, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa (SAN) said he would lead a team of lawyers from the NBA which would partner with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in prosecuting the police officer.

“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 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 efforts toward 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 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 Nigerian Police Force and the Police Service Commission, through its Human Rights Committee,” Mr Adegboruwa said.

He added that the NBA would seek payment of damages (not less than five billion naira).

Adegboruwa called for re-orientation for all police officers and men in the handling and use of weapons.

He also called for training of police officers and men on basic human rights observance and enforcement.

Adegboruwa also urged improved welfare package for all police personnel in terms of salaries conditions of service,  places of work and residences.

He also urged recruitment of more police officers and men to reduce pressure on existing ones for effective policing.

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