Court sentences police officer Drambi Vandi to d£ath for k!lling lawyer Bolanle Raheem
Justice Ibironke Harrison of a Lagos State High Court has sentenced police officer, ASP Drambi Vandi, to d€ath by hanging for k!lling lawyer, Barrister Bolanle Raheem,.
Vandi had shot Mrs Raheem d€ad in the presence of her husband while returning from church on Christmas Day December 25, 2022 at a Police checkpoint in Lagos.
Delivering judgment on Monday, October 9, the court found the suspended Police Officer guilty of the Christmas Day k!lling of the lawyer and sentenced him to d£ath by hanging.
The judge also held that the convict shot the deceased at close range.
Justice Harrison ordered the defendant to open his defence as a ‘prima facie’ has been made against him.
In his arguments, the defence counsel, Adetokunbo Odutola, told the court to note among other things that none of the eyewitnesses saw the defendant shoot and that the ballistic report of the gun allegedly fired expressly stated that the bullet could not be linked with any of the firearms recovered from the police officers at the scene.
Oduntola who argued that the pathologist who testified mentioned that the bullet penetrated from the left through the armpit while the prosecution stated that the deceased was shot in the chest.
However, the prosecution led by the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), had countered the arguments and urged the defendant to defend himself insisting that the prosecution had successfully made its case against him.