Bolanle Raheem: IGP meets Sanwo-Olu, promises speedy action

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, on Thursday met with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to discuss amongst other things, possible avenue to achieve speedy justice for the victims of the recent shooting incidents in the state.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed in a statement that the meeting was held at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja on Thursday at about 10:50 am.

Recall that an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Drambi Vandi, shot a pregnant Lagos lawyer, Omobolanle Raheem in the Ajah area of Lagos State on Christmas Day.

The IGP on Wednesday recommended the suspension of the suspect.

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On the Thursday meeting, the police statement read, “The IGP while extending his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased, reassured that the cases would be meticulously pursued until deserved justice is served, stressed that the Force is working with the Attorney-General of Lagos State to ensure that the offenders are diligently prosecuted in Courts of competent jurisdiction to serve as a deterrence to others.

“In his response, the Governor promised to support the Police in making sure that justice is served in the extant case and to collaborate with the Police on advocacy programmes to educate the citizenry on understanding and respecting the laws of the land for an improved relationship with the Police. He similarly stressed that his administration will partner with the Police to carry out refresher courses, training, and retraining, and other evaluation processes for police officers in all facets of policing duties.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu equally emphasized the need to provide some equipment like body cameras, non-lethal weapons, etc., to curb excessive use of powers and boost good police/citizens relationships.

“The Inspector-General of Police therefore charged all officers to imbibe absolute respect for rule of law and the fundamental rights of all persons, which is the crux and fulcrum of policing services even as he urged members of the public to cooperate with police officers for seamless collaborative efforts to stamp out crimes and criminality in the Nigerian society.”

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