Killer Cop Drambi Vandi Knows Fate Today Over Shooting of Lawyer

Justice Ibironke Harrison of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square will today, October 9 deliver judgment in the trial of suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Drambi Vandi, the alleged killer of Lagos-based lawyer Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem.

Justice Harrison fixed the date for judgment after the prosecution team led by the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Babajide Martins and the defence counsel, Jude Ugwu, adopted their final written addresses.

Our correspondent reports that the matter is scheduled for 11 AM on the cause list.

The Lagos State government had arraigned Vandi before the court for allegedly shooting the 41-year-old pregnant lawyer to death at the Ajah underbridge checkpoint on December 25, 2022.

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The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Upon the close of the case of both sides, the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state, Babajide Martins and defence counsel Jude Ugwu informed the court that they were ready to adopt their final written addresses.

While adopting his client’s final written address, Ugwu urged the court to dismiss the charge because the case of the prosecution is based on hearsay, and circumstantial evidence and is not compelling enough to convict the defendant.

But Martins urged the judge to the court to convict the defendant and disregard issues raised by the defence in its address and reply on points of law.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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