The National Human Rights Commission has condemned the killing of a Female lawyer, Barrister Bolanle Raheem by a policeman in Ajah, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission Mr. Anthony Ojukwu made the condemnation in a press statement by his Media aid Mrs. Fatima Agwai, in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.
She said the incident is regrettable, adding that the officer has fallen short of standard operating procedure and professional ethics of the Nigerian Police Force.
Agwai, in the statement, called on the Nigerian Police to as a matter of necessity always ensure that officers who bear arms must, by all means, be mentally balanced and respect the rules of engagement of the police force warning that, “enough is enough of these avoidable deaths.”
She recalled that the Commission went around the country to train police officers on human rights best practices and how to mainstream human rights in law enforcement operations, ’’Yet we are still recording sad incidents of extra-judicial killings perpetrated by the police officers.”
While commending Police for immediately taking necessary action to arrest and put the errant officer in custody, Agwai said the Commission will continue to monitor the process of investigation and prosecution of the errant officer to ensure that justice is adequately served.
She commiserates with the family of Barrister Bolanle Raheem, as well as the Nigerian Bar Association saying that Barrister Raheem’s death came as a shock to the Commission, adding that “there must be a permanent solution to check this form of avoidable killings by the police.”