The Police Service Commission (PSC) has called on police leadership to immediately, commence an investigation into the shooting and killing of a Lagos lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, by a police officer.
Ikechukwu Ani, the head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mr Ani described the incident as irresponsible and savage and urged the Force Management to report the outcome of the investigation to the commission for consideration and further disciplinary action.
He called on the Nigerian police to put in place a formidable programme for further training of its men in weapon handling.
The PSC spokesperson said cases of unprovoked shooting and killing of innocent Nigerians were becoming worrisome.
He said the police, by its creation and constitutional mandate, was expected to protect and save lives and not to shoot and kill innocent Nigerians.
“The acting Chairman of the Commission, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi on behalf of the management and staff commiserate with the family of the deceased,” he said.
Mr Raheem was allegedly shot and killed by a policeman attached to Ajiwe Police Station in Ajah, Lagos State on 25 December.
Read the full statement
PSC CONDEMNS KILLING OF BOLANLE RAHEEM, DEMANDS IMMEDIATE REPORT FROM POLICE, CALLS FOR MORE TRAINING ON WEAPON MANAGEMENT
The Police Service Commission has received with shock the news of the unprovoked killing of a harmless Nigerian, a lawyer, Mrs Bolanle Raheem, who was alleged to have been shot and killed by a Policeman attached to Ajiwe Police Station Ajah, in Lagos State on Sunday, December 25th, 2022.
The Commission condemns this irresponsible and savage act.
It directs that the Police leadership should hasten investigation into the matter and forward its report to the Commission for consideration and further disciplinary action.
The Commission also calls on the Police to put in place a formidable programme for further training of its men in weapon handling as the case of unprovoked shooting and killing of innocent Nigerians has become worrisome.
The Commission notes that the Police by its creation and constitutional mandate are expected to protect and save lives and not the other way round.
The acting Chairman of the Commission, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi JSC rtd CFR, on behalf of the Management and Staff commiserate with the Family of the deceased especially her husband who was driving her home when they were accosted by the trigger happy Police man.
Head, Press and Public Relations Unit
Tuesday, December, 27th 2022.
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