Gbenga Raheem, the husband of Lagos-based lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, who was shot dead by a police officer on Christmas Day, December 25, has narrated the unfortunate incident.
In a viral audio recording recounting the incident that led to the death of his pregnant wife, Gbenga Raheem said he, his wife, and other family members who visited them during the holidays went to a nearby church for service on Christmas Day.
After the service, they decided to go to an eatery since it was Christmas.
He said that on their way back home, they turned under the Ajah Bridge when they encountered some police officers who were stopping and searching cars.
Gbenga Raheem said he suddenly heard a loud bang coming from his wife’s side window, only to find out that she had been shot and blood was pouring out from her chest.
“On December 25, my wife, nieces, nephews, and cousins, who had come for the holiday, all went to church. On our way back, my wife said since it was Christmas Day, we should take everyone out, so, we went to a supermarket at Abraham Adesanya, then to Domino’s Pizza.
“After that, we headed towards Ajah to do a U-turn to come back to Abraham Adesanya. When we took the U-turn, we saw policemen stopping some vehicles. As we approached them, they said we should stop, and in the process, we heard a loud sound on my wife’s side window. All of a sudden, I saw blood gushing out of her chest.
“I immediately ran out; my sister-in-law, who was also with us, ran out and held the policeman; he cocked his gun at her too. Talking to him was pointless, so I went to see if anything could be done; I saw my wife gasping for breath, and by that time, my sister-in-law had brought the policeman into the car and pushed him into the front seat.
“We drove to a hospital but they said they couldn’t handle it; we eventually took her to Grandville Hospital, where she was confirmed dead. The policemen took her body and put it in the truck; they wanted me to follow them but I said I needed to go and settle my children.” He said.
Listen to the audio recording below,