A Yaba Chief Magistrates‘ Court accused Drambi Vandi, a police officer, with murder on Friday for allegedly shooting and murdering Bolanle Raheem, a female lawyer from Lagos, on Christmas Day.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. C.A. Adedayo, commanded that the suspect be held at the Ikoyi Correctional Facility pending the state’s director of public prosecution’s opinion.
A murder charge was filed in conjunction with the request for remand.
Adedayo ruled that the remand order was in effect for the initial 30 days while the police investigated the incident.
She directed that a duplicate case file be made and forwarded to the DPP for consultation.
Adedayo adjourned the case until January 30, for the review of the remand order and the DPP’s advice.
Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), had appeared briefly before the court and applied that Vandi be remanded.
The commissioner prayed the court to remand the suspect pending the DPP’s advice.
Onigbanjo applied for the remand pursuant to Section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015.
He submitted that the basis for the remand was to allow the police to conclude an investigation into the matter.
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It stated, “That you, ASP Drambi Vandi, on Dec. 25, 2022 at Ajah Road, along the Lekki Expressway, Lagos, unlawfully killed one Omobolanle Raheem, by shooting the deceased in the chest, contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.″
The charge was signed by the DPP, Babajide Martins.
NAN reports that Raheem was reportedly shot dead in Lagos on December 25, while on a Christmas outing with her family.
Vandi was attached to the Ajiwe Police Division in Ajah, Lagos State, at the time of the alleged murder.
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