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Court Sentences ASP Vandi to Death for Killing Bolanle Raheem

In a significant development, a Lagos high court, located at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), has issued a death sentence by hanging to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Drambi Vandi for the murder of property lawyer Omobolanle Raheem.

The ruling, delivered by Justice Ibironke Harrison, found ASP Vandi guilty of murder, stating, “You are to be hanged by the neck until deceased. May God have mercy on your soul.”

The tragic incident occurred when Vandi fatally shot Mrs. Raheem in the presence of her husband while they were returning from church on Christmas Day last year at a police checkpoint in Lagos. At the time of the incident, Mrs. Raheem was pregnant.

In her judgment, Justice Harrison emphasized that ASP Vandi was the sole individual with the opportunity to commit the crime, even though there were no eyewitnesses to confirm that he fired the fatal shot. The court also underscored the credibility and persuasiveness of the evidence provided by the 11 witnesses who testified for the prosecution.

The Lagos State government had brought charges against Vandi, accusing him of shooting to death the 41-year-old pregnant lawyer at the Ajah underbridge checkpoint on December 25, 2022.

This verdict marks a significant moment in the pursuit of justice for the tragic loss of Omobolanle Raheem’s life.

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