The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Southwest (Zone D) has condemned the unprofessional, barbaric, mindless discharge of fire on late Mrs. Bolanle Raheem at Ajah, Lagos State.
In a joint statement signed by Comr. Alao John, Deputy Coordinator, and Comr. Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, Public Relations Officer made available to Brand Spur Nigeria NANS stated that “It’s so sardonic that the Nigerian Police Force which is meant to protect the lives of citizens has changed into a killing venture.
“The usual “Police is Your Friend” is now practically an irony. We condemn this incident in its entire totality and we hereby declare that the perpetrator of this animalistic and unjustifiable incident be brought to law.
“At no instance should any human be deprived of his/her right to life unless in circumstances permitted by law. A person’s right to life is the most sacred of all rights. The mere appearance of the facts arising from the unfortunate incident is a testimony to the fact that a human being had been unlawfully deprived of her right to life and its unconditional.
“The vile and abhorrent men in uniform is becoming more brazen and disrespectful to the rule of law and they must be tried in open, unbiased and independent court proceedings.
“We hereby call on the Lagos State Government, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Human Rights Body (both within and International) to ensure that Justice is not just done but manifestly seen to be done.
“The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students Southwest (NANS Zone D) hereby issues 48hours ultimatum to both the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters and Lagos State Government on Justice for late Mrs. Bolanle Raheem, else, Lagos State will not contain the manifestation of Nigerian Students on the streets of Lagos. The barbaric incident on 20th of October, 2020 is still fresh in our memories.
“Any attack on our manifestation would be a contravention and an assault on the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, 1981, a treaty-turned-Act which does not accommodate derogation in any form and Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which provided for Right to Freedom of Association and Assembly.”