Lawyer shot dead in Lagos; Police refuse to release identity of killer-cop


The Police in Lagos have refused to release the full identity of a killer-cop who shot dead Lagos Lawyer, Bolanle Raheem on Christmas day.

Her killing has triggered waves of anger and condemnation. Nigerians on social media were horrified and outraged that the police have refused to release the identity of the trigger-happy Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) who shoot dead Raheem in the Ajah area of the state on Christmas Day.

The unnamed policeman attached to the Ajah Police Station and his team were said to have tried to stop Raheem and her family members as they drove back home from a Christmas Day church service.

Raheem, it was gathered, was shot when the car she was on tried to make a U-turn under the Ajah Bridge.

The victim was rushed to a hospital but was confirmed dead.

The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident but described it as “unfortunate and avoidable”, assuring the public that justice will prevail.

Despite several requests to make public of the killer-cop’s identity, PRO only said that justice will prevail.

“The ASP that shot and two others with him have since been taken into custody,” Hundeyin tweeted on Monday.

He also said the policemen will be moved to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Panti for further investigation.

“The Lagos State Police Command condoles with the family, friends and colleagues of Barrister Bolanle Raheem. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, has been in touch with the family and the Nigerian Bar Association since yesterday and has given firm assurances that justice will definitely prevail.”