Pelumi Olajengbesi, an Abuja-based legal practitioner, has slammed the Nigeria Police Force over the killing of a Lagos-based barrister, known as Bolanle Raheem.
According to a statement released by Olajengbesi, today Monday, described the Nigerian security agencies as the worst and most unprofessional in the course of discharging their duties in the world, saying the police must take responsibility and ensure justice is being put in place.
Condemning Bolanle Raheem’s killing, the Abuja legal practitioner, Olajengbesi linked the incident it to the 2020 youth mass protests against extra-judicial killing by the Nigerian police, which led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the police.
According to him, “The reported killing of an innocent legal practitioner, wife, mother, and law-abiding citizen, Bolanle Raheem, on Christmas Day, while on a festive jaunt with her husband is one death too many. We all must now grieve as a professional body and as a community with shared citizenry for this incredible loss.
“One cannot imagine the trauma of the husband who sat right beside her in the car as she was shot to dead by a trigger-happy cocked-up bullish policeman with the manners of a criminal lout. It is unfathomable how an institution appointed as protector over the nation and citizenry would continue to churn out a murderous lot who shoots first and asks no further question.
“The action of that police officer stands condemned in the strongest possible term and the Nigeria Police Force as a whole must take vicarious liability over the culpability of its official in an open murder while making sure justice is manifestly done and seen to be done in the matter.
“By the tail end of the year 2020, scores upon scores of young men, women, children, and even the elderly, took over major cities all over the country with cries of marginalisation against the Nigeria Police Force especially its now disbanded SARS unit. The crescendo of that protest was the very sad event at the Lekki Toll Gate, the ghost of which continues to haunt the corridors of recent memory on the excesses of the Nigeria Police Force and their uninhibited love for extrajudicial killings of harmless, innocent Nigerians.
“Nigeria has the worst, most unprofessional, shameless, unintelligent, cowards, spineless security agencies in the whole world, operating with uncivilised aggression, coercion and blackmail.”
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