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My wife was four months pregnant with twins, says Bolanle Raheem’s husband

GBENGA Raheem, the husband of Omobolanle Raheem, the female lawyer who was shot dead by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Drambi Vandi,  has revealed that his wife was killed along with a four-month pregnancy.

 Raheem revealed this while hosting sympathisers, who visited his house to console him in the Ajah area of Lagos State. It was learnt that the 41-year-old woman who had a child, was four-month pregnant with twins when tragedy struck. A source also told The Guardian that the pregnancy came after about seven years of waiting.

Recall that Gbenga was coming with family members on Christmas Day and had tried to make a U-turn under the Ajah Bridge, when the police officer shot at their vehicle, killing his wife.
The woman was rushed to a hospital, where she was confirmed dead. Narrating his ordeal during a visit by a delegation of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, Mr. Raheem stated that they were expecting twins, as his wife was four-month pregnant.    

MEANWHILE, Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), the umbrella association of Estates and residents in the Lekki- Epe corridor of Lagos State, has called for immediate action to stop the killing of its members and other Nigerians by policemen.

LERSA, in a statement by its President, Olorogun James  Emadoye, described the killing of Mrs. Raheem by a policeman as “distressing” and “one of too many incidents within a very short period”.

Emadoye recalled that just a few weeks ago, there was a protest against the killing of a promising young man in the Sangotedo area that almost went out of control.

According to the LERSA president, the association does not think that protests would produce required results and has, therefore, started engaging with the relevant authorities to find a lasting solution to what has become a major threat to the communities in the corridor and the whole country.

“I, in company of some of our executives, had a meeting the same morning  of the incident with the Area J Police Commander.  I can assure you that the authorities themselves are disturbed over this.  A harmless pregnant mother with four children in a vehicle killed for nothing.  We must strategize and see how to do other things that will stop this sort of incidence.
“One of the measures that LERSA is strongly proposing is the involvement of the community in helping to check the mental health of weapons-bearing security officers.
“The association will establish immediate contact with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police on this challenge.  Our thoughts go to the husband and children of the deceased this season. May God comfort them and grant them the fortitude to carry on,” Emadoye said.

He added that LERSA will ensure that justice is obtained for the family of the deceased and see that her death brings an end to such waste of human lives in the country.

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