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Police To Review Rules Of Engagement Over Death Of Lagos Lawyer

The Lagos State Police Command has said it will review its rules of engagement following the death of a lawyer, Bolanle Raheem.

Naija News earlier reported that Raheem killed by a trigger-happy police officer while inside a vehicle with her husband in the Ajah area of Lagos on Christmas Day.

The death of the lawyer comes weeks after a similar incident happened in the same location.

In a statement on Monday, the spokesman of the Lagos Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, has ordered the review of the rules of engagement.

Hundeyin said the errant officer has since been taken into custody alongside his team members and the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for in-depth investigation.

The police spokesman stated that the sad incident is embarrassing and against the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and rules of engagement of the Force.

He, however, condoled with the family of the deceased and urged citizens to remain calm as the Command is already in constant touch with the Nigerian Bar Association and other relevant stakeholders.

The statement read, “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc, has expressed heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Barrister Bolanle Raheem who was shot dead by a police officer in Ajah on Sunday, December 25, 2022.

“On the instruction of the Commissioner of Police, the errant officer has since been taken into custody alongside his team members. The CP has equally directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for in-depth investigation.

“This has become one too many, especially bearing in mind that a similar incident occurred at the same location less than three weeks ago. The condemnable incident is against the standard operating procedures (SOP) and rules of engagement of the Force, and, to say the least, is embarrassing.

“Beyond this incident, the Nigeria Police Force will carry out a reappraisal of its rules of engagement in a bid to put an end to such avoidable ugly incidents.

“The Lagos State Police Command hereby appeals to the good people and residents of Lagos State to remain calm as the Command is already in constant touch with the Nigerian Bar Association and other relevant stakeholders towards ensuring that justice totally prevails.

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