March 29, 2023

An Inspector of Police, Matthew Ahmen,colleague of Drambi Vandi, a cop who allegedly killed female lawyer Bolanle Raheem, told a Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Monday that they were conducting a stop and search when the incident happened.

In his narration,Vandi was the leader of their team who was behind while he was in the middle, and another colleague, Inspector Dimini, was in the front.Ahmen who was the first prosecution witness said when Dimini saw a car coming, he flagged it down but the car didn’t stop, and when the car got to where he was standing, he also flagged the car down but the car didn’t stop as well.

“The next thing I heard was a gunshot and I looked back to see what was happening and I saw that a windscreen was falling.The next thing I saw again was a dark woman who jumped down from the vehicle and I heard her saying that ‘oga you have killed my sister.’ The woman held him and before I and Dimini could get to them, they had entered the car, locked it, and left.”

Vandi was arrested and appeared before Chief Magistrate C.A. Adedayo on December 30, 2022, a day after the Police Service Commission approved his suspension.

Earlier, Vandi was arraigned on one count of murder before Justice Ibironke Harrison.

The trial of the suspended assistant superintendent of police commenced on Monday after he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Raheem after the charge sheet was read to him.

Marvelous Ogidi

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