Section 33(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN), 1999, provides that “every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offense of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria”. We make bold to say that this noble provision of our Constitution has been abused time and time again, and this is the time to take action. The death of Omobolanle Raheem must not be swept under the carpet like the rest. The right to life of a Nigerian citizen must not be left in the hands of the police or any other individual who feels that his neighbor is unfit to live unless we are breeding a chaotic society which would in turn haunt all of us.
How can we possibly explain that a trained policeman pulled the trigger at a vehicle with unarmed women and children on Christmas day? This is inhumane, wicked, absurd, ridiculous, and barbaric. It is a crime against humanity, and we must hold someone to account.
To this end, WACOL lends her voice to call on the Nigerian Government, the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian police force, and the Judiciary to as a matter of urgency,
1. Thoroughly investigate, determine responsibility, and bring to justice ASP Drambi Vandi and all his accomplices. This would act as a deterrent to all those who might think that the law is silent in the face of crime.
2. Train and Re-train the members of the police force in the rules of engagement and the standard operating procedures (S.O.P) to avoid a repeat of such crimes.
3. Ensure that each member of the Nigerian police force receives proper medical and psychiatric attention before being posted to their various stations
4. Uphold the right to life of every citizen by giving expeditious Justice on issues of this nature.
WACOL Condemns any form of extra Judicial killings and police brutality and calls on the Nigerian Government to address this Monster.
Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, SAN, OON
Women Aid Collective (WACOL)
27th December 2022