Shock, horror and profound sorrow are among the emotions roiling the legal community in Nigeria following the December 25 murder of Lagos lawyer, Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem.

In its reaction, the Nigerian Chapter of the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) described the murder, reportedly by a rogue police officer at a checkpoint in the Ajah district of Lagos, as a bestial act. In a statement signed by its President, Mrs. Efe Etomi and made available to NEWSWIRE Law and Events Magazine, AWLA expressed deep regret at the fact that the deceased, a member of the Lagos Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and AWLA, met her untimely death on her way back from a Christmas church service in the company of her husband.


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AWLA lent its support to actions taken so far by the leadership of the NBA at both national and Branch levels, aimed at ensuring that the culprit(s) are brought to justice, and described the event as yet another example of how vulnerable Nigerians have become in a society that routinely unleashes untrained and unrestrained arms-bearing assassins in the guide of security personnel onto our roads.

The statement urged lawyers to be more vigilant, especially during festive seasons like this, and to be more circumspect in their interface with armed security personnel.

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