Policeman standing trial over murder of Lagos lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, knows fate April 3
The Lagos High Court at Tafawa Balewa Square on Monday fixed April 3 for ruling in a no-case submission filed by a police officer, Drambi Vandi, charged with the murder of a Lagos-based lawyer.
Vandi is standing trial on a one-count charge of shooting the Lagos lawyer, Omobolanle Raheem, to death on December 25, 2022, in the Ajah area of Lagos.
On arraignment, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the Lagos State government.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, counsel to the defendant, Adetokunbo Odutola, adopted his final written address in a no-case submission filed on February 28.
Odutola, in the address, urged the court to dismiss the suit and discharge the defendant.
He claimed that the prosecution could not establish any prima facie case against the defendant.
Odutola argued that the ballistic report revealed that the gun did not match the bullet that was shot.
He also argued that the pathologist who testified mentioned that the bullet penetrated from the left through the armpit, while the prosecution had stated that the deceased was shot in the chest.
The defence concluded that with the mentioned instances, the prosecution could not establish any case against the defendant.
In his submission, however, Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo, leading the prosecution, prayed the court to dismiss the defendant’s argument.
He argued, among other things, that the prosecution witnesses were able to establish that the defendant was the person who shot and killed the deceased.
Onigbanjo said the pathologist made it clear that the explosive force of a bullet discharged from an AK-47 rifle was of the magnitude of thousands of fire hoses.
It would penetrate the body, whether the individual shot at was standing or sitting.
After listening to the arguments, presiding Justice Ibironke Harrison adjourned the case until April 3 for a ruling.