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General News of Monday, 26 December 2022


Tweeps link brutal killing of lawyer to #EndSARS; they claim Nigeria is unsafe for Nigerians

The late Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem The late Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem

Several Nigerians on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter have reacted to the alleged killing of a young female lawyer who was killed by personnel of the police command in Lagos on Christmas Day.

Political commentator, Rinu Oduala in a tweet on Monday, December 26 alleged that the deceased identified as Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) was killed on her way from Church in Ajah, Lagos.

According to Rinu, the same officers who committed the alleged murder were also responsible for the death of another young man some days back. That incident is reported to have happened in Ajah in Lagos State on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

"A lawyer and member of the NBA, Mrs Omobolanle Raheem has been killed by Nigerian Police officers on Christmas, on her way back from Church in Ajah, Lagos. She was shot in the car while her husband was beside her #EndSARS"

"The same officers from Ajiwe police station who kïlled a young man few days back kïlled her. Well done to everyone involved."

The killings described as senseless has been linked to the nationwide #EndSARS protest that began in October 3, 2020.

Recall that in that year, thousands of mainly young Nigerians took to the streets to protest against police abuses, particularly among the now-disbanded brutal special anti-robbery squad (Sars) police unit.

Yet the several protests across the country were brutally repressed. At least 12 people were killed in the #EndSars protests, according to Amnesty International, and dozens were injured, including at Lekki tollgate in Lagos on 20 October, where witnesses livestreamed soldiers shooting at protesters draped in or waving Nigerian flags.

The army and Nigerian government continue to deny anybody was killed at Lekki tollgate, and atrocities at other demonstrations have scarcely been acknowledged.

She was shot in the car while her husband was beside her. #EndSARS

— Rinu Oduala ???????? (@SavvyRinu) December 26, 2022


@Omope_Abdul wrote: "Just few hours ago, I called Nigeria a jungle and morons said nah, I’m capping. Again, here’s the 9999th reason why it’s a jungle. Going out and coming back is no longer safe. No, she wasn’t killed by road accident this time, she was killed by those who should protect her."

@greenpurplerave said: "Pls,what was her offence ? Apart from being a Nigerian."

@SagittariuzGuy said: "Last week Tuesday at Anthony i saw 3 policemen beating a man with their guns and i thought he was a criminal. After i got down i realized his vehicle broke down and they wanted to arrest him for that. In exchange they took his key and 2 phones. Pedro Policemen or Charley boy sha"

@saintshedrack wrote: "The Police did not ask if she is Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo. They wasted an innocent hardworking citizen of the country who committed no crime at all. Don’t let Nigeria to happen to you or any of your loved ones before you stand up for what is right. Rest in Peace to the dead"

@digitalaom commented: "Pls, does the police officer knows her origin before he shot her? I guess No. the effect of corruption knows no religion, tribe, or political party. Let’s vote right pls…"

@YusufGbenga said: "This is getting out of hand. The NPF should do something about this killing and harassment. Police stopped my bro yesterday b4 Itamaga, Ikd Lagos saying there was no market that he must give them something. He gave them 500 b4 they allow him to go. I pity okada riders in my area."