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27.01.2023 Featured ‘He Threatened to Shoot Me Too’ — Late Lawyer Bolanle Raheem’s Sister Testifies Against Killer Cop in Court

Published 27th Jan, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda

Gbenga Raheem, the husband of Bolanle Raheem, the Lagos State-based lawyer killed by Drambi Vandi, a trigger-happy cop, has told the court how three hospitals rejected his wife after she was shot on December 25, 2022.

Raheem and Titilayo Enema, the lawyer’s sister, narrated that immediately the cop shot Bolanle, they struggled to save her life and resisted the officer’s attempt to run away.

Raheem gave this testimony while being led in evidence-in-chief by Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

READ ALSO: Drambi Vandi, ‘Killer’ of Lagos Lawyer Bolanle Raheem, Pleads Not Guilty

He also explained that the car in which her wife was killed was gifted to her by a real estate company she served for her impressive performance in the company and that he also bought jewellery for her as a gift.

His testimony, according to The Punch, read, “Though she was pregnant, we had an intimate moment that morning and she was really glad. After that, we had a light breakfast and we went to a nearby church with the new car gifted to her.

“We stay at Ajah and on Sunday we normally go to the Redeemed Christian Church of God at Ikoyi. But on that particular Sunday, our church had a general programme we call ‘Let’s go a fishing’ at Surulere.

“So, we decided to go to The Word Assembly Church where we got married 10 years ago, because my wife was very close to the founder of the church because they brought her up spiritually while she was growing up.

“They had also lost a son, so we went to greet them after service. When she finished greeting them, my wife said it would be nice if we could get everyone pizza.

“So, we went to get ice cream and yogurt at Domino’s Pizza near Ajah Under-Bridge. We then went towards Ajah Under-Bridge to make a U-turn to come back towards Abraham Adesanya, because our house is a few bus stops before Abraham Adesanya.

Drambi Vandi, the cop who killed Bolanle Raheem
Drambi Vandi, the killer cop.

“As I did the U-turn, I saw police officers ahead and the car in front of me slowed down. I overtook the car and there was an officer on my left that said I should park.

“While he was still saying that I should park because he was following me, all of a sudden, I heard a sound on my wife by the passenger’s seat window; the window was smashed. I saw blood gushing out of her chest.

“I quickly parked and ran out with my sister-in-law, Titi, because the children were in the car and she was seating directly behind my wife. She was the one that had the four children in the car; we just had one daughter,” the bereaved man said.

READ ALSO: REPORTER’S DIARY: What Ajiwe Police Station Looks Like After Bolanle Raheem’s Murder

He went on to tell the honourable court how devastated he was witnessing the killing of her wife and how he struggled to save her.

“I held my head; I was devastated. It was a bad dream and my life was just going blank. Then, some guys said we should block the road and raise the alarm so that people could see what the police had done.

“My sister-in-law pushed the defendant in front of the car and said, ‘You shot my sister, you killed my sister’; my wife was still conscious. I sped off and left my sister-in-law to take my wife to a hospital.”

He said his efforts, however, hit a brick wall when the first hospital he drove to, Bodu Hospital, failed to attend to her and referred him to Doren Hospital.

“The defendant was following me, but I didn’t know how he stopped when we went to Doren Hospital. I was crying and shouting that the doctor should help me to save my wife; I said she was pregnant, ‘save her life’.

“They brought an oxygen can and put it in her nose and a needle in her hand and cotton wool to try and absolve the blood.

“She tried to pray and the doctor told her not to talk. She said ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’, and after a while, the doctor said we needed to take her to Granville Hospital at VGC.

“So, when they said we needed to take her to Granville Hospital at VGC, they went to get the ambulance. When they came back, they said the driver was not around.

“I told them to give me the key so that I could drive it. They went inside and came back in a few minutes and said the driver went with the key. I now noticed that my wife was getting weak.

“I begged the doctor to follow us. At that time, they had started pressing her chest. So, when the doctor didn’t want to follow me, I said please give me the nurse, because the doctor said he couldn’t leave the hospital as he was the only one around.

“As I was about to leave, I saw a police van and told them that they said we should go to Granville Hospital. They followed me.

“When I got to Granville, I ran inside and started shouting, ‘Please help me, my wife has been shot.’

READ ALSO: Police Transfer All Ajah Division Officers After Lawyer Bolanle’s Death

The moment the legal practitioner was pronounced dead, Raheem explained, he thought “everything was over”.

“I was shattered; I couldn’t speak again. The police picked her and put her in their van, and I just looked at my wife’s lifeless body and I was like my wife is gone. It took me a while to put myself together because everything was over,” he added.

BOLANLE’S SISTER’S TESTIMONY

Titilayo Enema, the deceased lawyer’s sister, corroborated the husband’s evidence.

“I just heard my sister say ‘Gbenga, bullet has entered my chest’. She repeated it the second time. Immediately, her neck just dropped, her tongue was out, then her eyes closed.

“I shouted, ‘Mummy Semilore!’ I ran out of the vehicle and held the police officer and said, ‘You just shot my sister now’. The defendant pointed his gun at me and said, ‘I will shoot you’.

“When I held him because of what he did, I was scared later until I saw two boys who came out and said I should hold him. I then became bold.

Then I said, ‘Oga, it is either you shoot and kill me just the way you have done to my sister; I will not leave you’. I dragged him and said, ‘You will sit down near my sister that you just shot’.

“Then I saw my brother-in-law and thought he would join me, but he was rolling on the ground. I noticed that the defendant wanted to enter the patrol van; I dragged him down. He saw a mini-bus and wanted to enter, I also dragged him down.

READ ALSO: Tension, Police Vehicles… What Ajah Looks Like After Lawyer Bolanle’s Death

“I went to Ajiwe Police Station and started shouting that I wanted to see the Divisional Police Officer, but they kept telling me that he was not around.”

The court rose and adjourned the trial until February 1 and 2.

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Published 27th Jan, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda

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