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Court sentences police officer to death by hanging for killing lawyer

A Lagos High Court on Monday, sentenced a police officer, Darambi Vandi to death by hanging for killing a lawyer, Mrs Omobolanle Raheem last Christmas.

Recall that ASP Vandi attached to Ajiwe Police Station, shot the female legal practitioner in the chest on Dec. 25, 2022 while she was returning home from a Christmas service at Ajah Roundabout, on Lekki- Expressway, Lagos State.

It was gathered that after killing Raheem, the trigger-happy police man fled the scene with his colleagues before another set of police men later took her remains to a mortuary in the Yaba area of the state.

The prosecution team led by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, called 11 witnesses, including eight police officers.

Delivering judgement, Justice Ibironke Harrison convicted the officer for the murder. The other prosecution witnesses include two eyewitnesses and a pathologist.

Raheem’s death generated a nationwide outrage with Nigerians from all walks of life calling for the prosecution of the killer police officer and justice for the deceased.

Vandi was first arraigned in January 2023 on one count of murder but he pleaded not guilty.