ASP Vandi pleads not guilty for alleged murder of Lagos lawyer, Bolanle Raheem

Drambi Vandi, the suspended assistant superintendent of police who was arrested over the murder of female lawyer Raheem Bolanle, has pleaded not guilty after being arraigned in court today, January 16. 

Vandi who was arraigned on one count of murder before the Lagos State High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square annex, was accused of shooting Bolanle in Ajah area of Lagos on Christmas Day. 

Bolanle’s death generated widespread criticism from many persons and groups in the country, as they condemned what they described as extrajudicial killing, linking the incident to be one of such reasons for the nationwide #EndSARS protest of 2020.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) granted approval for the police officer’s suspension on December 29, after which he was arraigned by the Lagos state government. 

Vandi’s arraignment which was scheduled for 9am, suffered some delay until about 11am when his counsel, Mr Adetokunbo Odutola arrived. 

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