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Raheem: Late Lawyer’s Physician Seeks State Police

DR Charles Oludare, the former personal physician of the slain lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, has condemned the killing of the pregnant woman by a policeman.

Bolanle Raheem

Raheem was shot dead by a policeman, ASP Drambi Vandi, in the Ajah area of Lagos State on Christmas day amid many reactions across the country. 

Speaking on the incident, in a statement on Saturday, the US-based medical doctor blamed the fate that befell the deceased on the refusal of the Nigerian government to practice the state police system.

Charles who said he was once a physician to the late Raheem at a private hospital in Lagos, stressed the need for state police, saying it would go a long way in checking criminal activities in the country.

He said,  “The lawyer and her unborn child were killed by the bullets of a policeman who was probably trying to extort their purse as opposed to enforcing any law. The hopes and aspirations of two different generations have been quenched by the fingers of a felon officer

“In the united states, they do not have a United States Police force; they have multiple city-based police departments; LAPD, NYPD, DALLAS PD, CHICAGO PD, etc.

“When the Manchester United player, Mason Greenwood, was arrested for alleged sexual assault, he was not arrested by the UK police force, he was arrested by the Greater Manchester Police. This is because every sane clime knows that security is local.

“The security demands in VGC are different from the security demands in Ajegunle, hence people living in those communities should be making decisions about how to best keep themselves safe.”

The medic further explained that had the Nigerian state embraced Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s long-held ideas (of state policing when he was a governor of Lagos State) Raheem’s killing would have been long prevented.


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