Bolanle Raheem killing: Nigerian police officer suspended

American Age Official
Police chief Usman Alkali Baba

Nigeria’s police chief is under pressure to end abuses within the force

Nigeria’s police chief has ordered the suspension of an officer who allegedly shot dead a female lawyer in the main city Lagos on Christmas Day.

Drambi Vandi is reported to have hit Bolanle Raheem as she and several family members were driving home from a church service.

Many Nigerians are horrified over the killing of the lawyer, who was reportedly pregnant.

The Nigeria Bar Association and human rights groups have demanded justice.

Police chief Usman Alkali Baba said he would not relent in efforts to ensure justice for the lawyer and appealed to the public “to be calm”.

In recent years there has been increased attention on police brutality in Nigeria.

Nationwide protests, under the banner of the #EndSars movement, led to the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) being disbanded in 2020.

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