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Bolanle Raheem: Lekki residents propose mental health checks for armed security operatives

Bolanle Raheem: Lekki residents propose mental health checks for armed security operatives
December 27
21:27 2022

The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) says armed security operatives should undergo mental health screening.

Olorogun Emadoye, LERSA president, said this in a statement on Tuesday following the killing of Bolanle Raheem, a Lagos-based lawyer.

TheCable had reported that the deceased was shot in an incident involving a police officer while returning from church with her family on Sunday.

Also citing the death of Gafaru Buraimoh, who was killed in an incident involving the police on December 6, Emadoye said Raheem’s death is one of too many incidents within a short period.

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“I, in company of some of members of our exco, had a meeting the same morning of the incident with the Area J Police Commander. I can assure you that the authorities themselves are disturbed over this,” Emadoye said.

“A harmless pregnant mother with four children in a vehicle killed for nothing. We must strategise and see how to do other things that will stop this sort of incident.

“The association will establish immediate contact with the Lagos state commissioner of police on this challenge.

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“Our thoughts go to the husband and children of the deceased this season. May God comfort them and grant them the fortitude to carry on.”

He said LERSA will ensure justice for the family of the deceased, to see that her death brings an end to such in the country.

He appreciated the state government for its efforts, but requested that action should not only end with prosecution.

“We are happy that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the commissioner of police are already involved, and we are pleading that action does not only end with the prosecution of the murderers of Mrs Raheem and possible compensation for her family, but also includes clear, measurable and sustainable actions and measures that will bring to an end to sad occurrences like this,” he said.

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“This is the only way the community can hope to eventually recover from this black Christmas.”

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