Bolanle Raheem: Court orders ASP Vandi to open defence

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Attempts by the suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Drambi Vandi, to stop his prosecution over the alleged murder of a Lagos-based lawyer, Omobolanle Raheem, on Christmas Day, have suffered a legal set setback as the Lagos High Court, on Monday, ordered he open his defence.

The Court, sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, on Lagos Island, dismissed a “no case submission” filed by ASP Vandi, who allegedly killed a Lagos-based lawyer, Omobolanle Raheem.

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In his application on the no-case submission, Vandi had asked the court to dismiss the suit and discharge him, claiming that he has no case to answer.

In his arguments, his defence counsel, Adetokunbo Odutola, told the court to note among other things that none of the eyewitnesses saw the defendant shoot and that the ballistic report of the gun allegedly fired expressly stated that the bullet cannot be linked with any of the firearms recovered from the police officers at the scene.

The prosecution led by the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), however, countered the arguments and urged the defendant to defend himself, insisting that the prosecution has successfully made its case against him.

Ruling On the application, Justice Ibironke Harrison ordered ASP Vandi to open his defence as a ‘prima facie’ has been made against him.