Bolanle Raheem, the female lawyer who had her life snuffed out by a bullet from an AK 47 service rifle allegedly fired by a policeman on Christmas day in the Ajah area of Lagos, was pregnant with twins.
This was revealed by her bereaved mother, Mrs Salami, yesterday, when the Lagos State Commissioner of Police paid a condolence visit to the bereaved family. “ She recalled in tears how she hawked oranges to train her in school “This is just as late Bolanle’s widower, Gbenga Raheem, narrated how he watched her gasp for breath until she passed on, on reaching the third hospital she was rushed to.
During a condolence visit on the bereaved family by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, the deceased’s mother confirmed that Bolanle Raheem was pregnant with twins.
Unable to hold back the tears , she wailed , “ I will not see my lawyer again. She has been taken away from me. She was pregnant with twins. She died with her glory, leaving a five-year-old baby behind.
Continuing in tears, she said, “On Monday, my granddaughter came to me said, ‘grandma, Iju Ishaga, I saw you yesterday crying , was it because of my mummy?’, “I said yes. Then she came again and told me that ‘ Pastor Jerry said what God cannot do does not exist . So, grandma, stop crying and she kissed me on the cheek.
“Just like that, she was taken away from me. Oluwagbenga (referring to the deceased’s husband), you won’t see your love.
“It is not easy. A child that I have been training since childhood. I suffered over her. I hawked oranges; there is nothing I did not do.”
How Bolanle was killed
Widower of the late female lawyer , Gbenga, who is yet to come to terms with the reality of his wife’s demise, remained upstairs in his duplex at the Atlantic layout estate, Lakowe , Ajah, yesterday, where close friends and relatives were consoling him.
Recounting the tragedy that befell his family , Mr Raheem said, “on December 25,2022, I woke up with my wife , children, my niece and nephew that came to spend the holiday with us.
“ My church in Ikoyi was having a programme. So, we decided to go to a nearby church. After service my wife said we should take everyone out since it was Christmas. We went to Alibaba supermarket near Abraham Adesanya, where we got ice cream. Thereafter, we went to Domino’s Pizza, near Thomas Estate. We had our pizza and ice cream. From there, we headed towards Ajah to do a u-turn to come back to Abraham Adesanya.
“As we were making the u-turn, we saw policemen stopping cars. They said we should stop. In the process, we heard a loud sound on my wife’s side window. All of a sudden I saw her chest open and blood was gushing out.
“Immediately, I ran out. My sister in- law who was also with us ran out and held the policeman. He(policeman) corked his gun on her. Talking to him was pointless . I ran back into the car to see if anything could be salvaged on my wife. I saw her gasping for breath. By that time my sister in -law had brought the policeman to the car and pushed him to the front seat. We headed to Budo Specialist Hospital. But they said they couldn’t handle it, that we should go to Doren hospital.
“On reaching Doren hospital, they tried to put bandages and cotton wool on her chest. They asked what happened. I said a policeman shot her . They tried to put oxygen on her because she said she couldn’t breathe. They tried to put a syringe in her hand too. The nurse eventually said that since it was a bullet, they couldn’t handle it and that we should take her to Grandville hospital at VGC. On reaching Grandville, they declared that she was no more.”
“The police carried her body and put her in their vehicle. They wanted me to follow them, but I said I needed to go and settle my children whom I dropped off at Budo hospital.
“I went back to take them to the house. One of my neighbours saw me on the road and helped me take them to the house. So, I got back to the police station. My friends and neighbours came around and wanted to pray for the body but they (Police) had taken her to the Mainland,” the husband of the late Bolanle Raheem said apparently suppressing the emotions of the death of his wife and the pregnant twins.
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