Omobolanle Raheem: You’ve case to answer, court tells killer cop Vandi  

The Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, Monday, dismissed a ‘no case submission’ filed by the suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Drambi Vandi, who allegedly killed a pregnant Lagos-based lawyer, Omobolanle Raheem on December 25, 2022.

Justice Ibironke Harrison ordered the defendant to open his defence as a ‘prima facie’ has been made against him.

Vandi had filed his application on February 28, 2023, before the court in a bid to have the charge brought against him by the Lagos state government, quashed on grounds of weak and inconsistent evidence linking him to the murder.

But, Justice Ibironke Harrison held that the prosecution led by the Attorney-General of Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, had established sufficient oral and documentary evidence linking the defendant to the crime, which required an explanation from him.

The court added that the evidence of the defendant, being the only other eyewitness who had yet to testify before it about the incident, will shed light on what happened that day.

“The prosecution has established a prima facie case requiring some explanation by the defendant. The court isn’t looking at the credibility of the prosecution witnesses at this stage. The court will not delve into the substantive case right now. The only real issue now is whether a prima facie case has been made by the prosecution, and not whether it has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt,” the court held.

Before the prosecution closed its case on February 15, it had called 11 witnesses made up of eight police officers, some of whom were colleagues of the defendant; two eyewitnesses and a pathologist.

Delivering ruling, the court noted that some of the witnesses had testified that they saw him shoot the deceased that day and that the defendant’s rifle was short of two ammunition upon his arrest for the shooting.

The case was adjourned till May 16, 2023 for the defendant to open his defence.