Admin l Tuesday, January 17, 2023
ASP Drambi Vandi, the trigger happy police officer attached to the Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos was on Monday arraigned for killing Lagos lawyer and property consultant, Omobolanle Raheem.
The policeman killed the lawyer in company of her husband while making a turn under the bridge at Ajah on her way from Christmas Day Service.
Vandi was arraigned on one count charge of murder, contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 by Lagos state government before Justice I.O. Harrison.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following his not guilty plea, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) informed the court that the prosecution has one witness in court and that the state was ready to commence trial.
Onigbanjo’s request for commencement of trial was not opposed by the defense counsel, Adetokunbo Odutola, who prayed for accelerated hearing. Thereafter, a police inspector was invited to the witness box.
Led in evidence by the prosecution, Inspector Mathew Ameh explained that his team, including the defendant, were deployed to Ajah under the bridge where they were conducting a stop and search.
The witness informed the court that his team tried to stop the deceased car, which is an unregistered vehicle, but the driver didn’t stop. This, he said made Supol Vandi to open fire on the car conveying the late lawyer.
The matter has been adjourned until January 25 and 26 for cross-examination and continuation of trial.
Yesterday’s proceedings was monitored by the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) President, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), the Chairman of the NBA Lagos Branch, Ikechukwu Uwanna; and other executives of the Association.