Slain lawyer: There’ll be no cover-up in probe, prosecution, says Sanwo-Olu

Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during the governor’s visit to the IGP at the Police headquarters in Abuja…yesterday.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday said there would be no cover-up in the investigation and prosecution of the culprits involved in the murder of Mrs. Bolanle Raheem, who was killed on Christmas Day by a police officer.
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He said the outcome of investigations of the case is very important to the government and people of Lagos State, stressing that the people deserve to know the process leading to justice for the victim.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who stated this during his visit to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali at the Police headquarters in Abuja, said: “We have come here this morning first to extend seasons greetings to the Inspector-General of Police and also to get an update and to brief him as to the security situation of Lagos State, especially the very recent unfortunate incident of the death of a lady, Mrs. Omotola Raheem by a bullet of a Police officer and also an earlier incident that occurred weeks before then.

“We really need to get a sense of security architecture in the state and what we need to do. First is to condemn the very unfortunate incident, to express the grief of the government and the people of Lagos State, and to say how very unfortunate at this period in our time to have incidents like this. But beyond that is really how do we ensure that incidents like this are reduced to the barest minimum and what can government do that we are not currently doing that we can do to help the Nigeria Police, the Lagos State Police Command and how do we ensure that we have better collaboration because we do not have any other police force.
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“For me as the governor of the state, I think it is important and it is that serious for us to come here and get a sense of how soon we can get to charge this officer to court. And we have got a very positive response and engagement from the Inspector General of Police himself.”

Speaking further on the importance of his meeting with the Inspector-General of Police, Governor Sanwo-Olu said his government will continually work with the Nigeria Police in providing additional equipment like body cameras and a joint advocacy programme to enhance and improve public and police communication.

“We are indeed hoping that this meeting will be very useful. There are a lot of things we are taking back. We have called the Commissioner of Police even while we were here and he has also briefed us as to what they are doing in Lagos. Essentially, it is to continue to work with the Police, the things that we can do around providing some additional equipment that you can use; things around body cameras, and ensuring that we can jointly have an advocacy programme that can enhance and improve public and police communication.

“What are the rules of engagement, who needs to do what so that we can have a better community and community policing and a better citizens-police engagement. We need to ensure that nothing is left undone, no cover-up of any sort in this particular case and that the full arm of the law is put in place to ensure that the officer is apprehended and has his day in court.”

Responding, the Inspector-General of Police, assured Governor Sanwo-Olu that there will not be any cover-up in handling the case of the deceased lawyer and the culprit.
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