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Bolanle Raheem: Two Bullets Missing From Vandi’s Ak-47 Rifle, Says Police Armourer



The armourer at the Ajiwe Police Station, in Ajah, Lagos, Inspector Adamu Shaibu has testified in the murder trial of Drambi Vandi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who allegedly shot Lagos-based lawyer, Bolanle Raheem on Christmas Day.

Led in evidence by the Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the armourer told Justice Ibironke Harrison that two of the 25 rounds of ammunition allotted to Vandi were missing from his Ak-47 rifle after he was disarmed on the day of the incident.

Shaibu said that he noticed the shortage of bullets when he received the Ak-47 from another officer that disarmed Vandi.

Vandi is accused of shooting Mrs. Raheem last December 25, around Ajah Underbridge, Lagos. At his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty.

In his recollection of the events of last year, the armourer who testified as the 7th prosecution witness said that on December 25, he received a call from Inspector Matthew Ameh, one of the officers at the scene of the incident, informing him that the defendant (Vandi) had shot a pregnant woman.

“When I told the DPO (Divisional Police Officer) what had happened, he led a patrol team to the scene. I called all the station guards to fortify the station,” he stated.

“Later, I saw Drambi Vandi and Supol Segun with the defendant’s rifle which he handed over to me immediately after he saw me coming out of the office.

“I personally disarmed Inspector (Fiyegha) Ebimine of his AK-47 rifle before cross-checking his magazine. The eight rounds of ammunition he booked were complete but when I checked the defendant’s rifle, I realized that only 23 rounds were found and two were missing.

“I immediately moved to the cell to speak with him and when I asked what happened, he started crying.”

The witness was then asked to identify the register with which he took record of arms and ammunition as of December 25. This he did.

Under cross-examination, the defence counsel, Mr. Adetokunbo Odutola asked the witness to tell the court what he did with the guns when he received them.

Shaibu said after he collected both guns, he confirmed the number of ammunition. He said he and the station officer then immediately transferred the guns to the State Crime Investigation Division (SCID), Panti.

He also explained that he didn’t count the bullets in the presence of the defendant because, after he was disarmed, the DPO had ordered Vandi’s detention before leaving for the hospital. He added that tension was so high at that time.

The witness also explained the procedure when a rifle is returned to the armourer.

“The normal procedure when you return a rifle is that, I will bring out the magazine and count the ammunition in the presence of the person that I collected it from, and then sign after confirming.”

Justice Harrison adjourned till February 9 for continuation of the trial.

On Jan. the 16th, the Lagos State Government commenced the prosecution of ASP Drambi Vandi for the Christmas Day shooting of the female lawyer, Bolanle Raheem.

The Attorney-General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Moyo Onigbanjo who personally led the prosecution arraigned Vandi on a one-count charge of murder.

The charge, which was filed on Dec. 28th, three days after the incident alleged shooting of Raheem in the chest, an offence contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

ASP Vandi pleaded not guilty.

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BREAKING: General Oladipo Diya Dies At 78



Former Chief of General Staff under General Sani Abacha regime, Lt. General Oladipo Diya has died at 78.

The news was announced in a statement issued by Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya on behalf of the family.

According to the statement, the late military leader died in the early hours of Sunday.

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; We announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

“Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.”

Late Diya was a former Chief of General Staff, under the late Gen. Sani Abacha.

He was later jailed for an alleged coup, believed to be trumped up by the late maximum ruler.

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Peter Obi To Soludo: Politics Beyond Partisanship, Should Be Free From Tribal, Religious Affiliations



Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has maintained that politics should transcend partisanship and be free from tribal and religious affiliations.

Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State, made the statement in a post via his verified Twitter handle on Saturday.

His statement followed the celebration of Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s one year in office, which he attended.

Obi said he would continue to pray for Soludo.

He wrote, “I was in Awka, Anambra State, today for the celebration of Gov. Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s one year in office. As a firm believer in building a better society, I maintain that politics should transcend partisanship and be free from tribal and religious affiliations.

“We all must join hands to build a better society for all. I congratulate my very dear brother and Governor, Prof @CCSoludo, as he marks his first year in office. I will continue to pray for, and wish him well in office. May he succeed.

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INEC To Issue Certificates Of Return To Governors-Elect, Others From March 29



INEC has fixed Wednesday, March 29 to Friday March 31 as days for the issuance of Certificates of Return to governors, deputy governors-elect and states Houses of Assembly members-elect.

Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye made the declaration in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

“By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.

“Pursuant to the provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday March 29, Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 for the issuance of Certificates of Return to those elected on March 18.

“The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each state of the federation,’’ Okoye stated.

He added that specific dates for the issuance of the certificates would be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various states. (NAN).

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