IGP orders ‘speedy’ prosecution of officer who shot dead Lagos lawyer

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Usman Baba, the inspector-general of police, has condemned the killing of Bolanle Raheem, a female lawyer, by a police officer attached to the Ajiwe police station, Ajah, Lagos state.

 

Baba also ordered a speedy investigation and prosecution of the officer involved in the incident.

 

The shooting occurred when the deceased and her family were returning from Christmas service on Sunday.

 

The incident has sparked widespread criticism of the Nigeria Police Force on social media.

 

Reacting in a statement signed by Muyiwa Adejobi, force spokesperson, the IGP described the incident as “unfortunate and sad”.

 

The inspector-general of police commiserated with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

 

Baba said the police force will not condone the “inappropriate” incident.

 “The IGP, who described the incident as unfortunate and sad, has ordered speedy investigation and prosecution of the officers responsible for the ugly and unprofessional act, which doesn’t portray the Nigeria police standard operating procedure and core values,” the statement reads.

 

“In the same vein, the IGP commiserates with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased as he prays for the repose of her soul.

 

“He further assures the general public of justice in the case while he warns officers and men of the force to be professional and people-oriented in the discharge of their duties and operate within the ambit of the law, as the force’s leadership will not condone any inappropriate or unprofessional acts.”

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