Barr. Raheem: Atiku, Tinubu, Obi reveal the single solution to extra-judicial killings

Starrys Obazei/December 27, 2022.

Nigerians are angry and reacting to the unfortunate killing of a Lagos lawyer, Barrister Bolanle Raheem by a trigger-happy policeman in the state.

A police officer attached to the Ajah Police Station, alongside his team, reportedly tried to stop Raheem and her family members as they drove back home from church service.

And as the victim tried to make a U-turn under the Ajah Bridge, the police officer opened fire on her car. She was later rushed to a hospital where she was unfortunately confirmed dead.

Reacting, the presidential candidates of the three major political parties, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Labour Party flagbearer, Peter Obi took to their Twitter handles to condemn the incident.

According to Tinubu, the tragedy was avoidable, saying the incident underscores the importance and urgency of reforming the Nigeria Police Force.

He wrote: “I share the grief and frustration of Nigerians over the senseless killing of Mrs. Ombolanle Raheem by a police officer on Christmas Day in Lagos.

“The avoidable tragedy, which cost a family a beloved member and our country a diligent legal professional, underscores, yet again, the crucial importance and urgency of reforming the Nigeria Police Force”.

In a similar vein, Atiku in his tweet said the incident was heartbreaking, restating that there is an urgent need for Police reforms which according to him would sanitize the Force.

He wrote: “The shooting of Bolanle Raheem by a police officer is heartbreaking and stands condemned. This latest shooting calls to attention the urgent need for Police reforms that will sanitize the Force and bring it in line with best-policing practices”.

The Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, however, blamed incessant extra-judicial killings by security operatives on a lack of proper training.

According to him: “A well-trained and professional police officer will not engage in police brutality”.

Like the other candidates, Obi also vowed to ensure immediate “Security Sector Reform and Governance, SSRG, if elected president in February 2023.

He wrote: “Her killing, and the loss of many innocent lives across the nation to trigger-happy policemen, is the reason why I will embark on immediate and intrusive security sector reform and governance (SSRG).

“Relatedly, we must improve the functioning and effectiveness of the police by strengthening their civilian oversight as well as increasing their strength, material, financial allocation, and enhanced professional training.

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