Falz the Bahd Guy, a well-known actor, music artist, and rights activist from Nigeria, has written an open letter to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, about the death of Bolanle Raheem. Falz requested justice and openness in an open letter to the governor published on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
The human rights advocate did not miss an opportunity to remind the governor of everything that happened at the EndSARS protest in Lagos two years ago, including how youths were labeled troublemakers for calling for improved governance and fair treatment of law enforcement officials. But instead, the artist gave the governor some sound advice and a sharp warning, saying that if the trigger-happy police officer is not disciplined and the specifics of the legal processes are not made public, unrest would be openly invited.
“@jidesanwoolu @PoliceNG When we refused to leave the streets in October 2020, we were referred to as recalcitrant #EndSars youth that just wanted to make trouble. TWO YEARS after a panel made recommendations regarding those cases, they have still not been implemented..
“Another man in police uniform took the life of a pregnant Bolanle Raheem on Christmas Day. If this person isn’t punished & all details PUBLISHED for everyone to see, I am afraid many will interpret that as an invitation to chaos. Humble advice.”
Note that on December 25, 2022, an attorney from Lagos named Bolanle Raheem was shot and murdered by an officer from the Ajiwe Police Station in the Lekki-Ajah neighborhood of Lagos State. The officer was identified as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Dambri Vandi. State and federal officials have reacted to Bolanle’s death on Christmas Day, vowing justice. In addition, a delegation led by Governor Sanwo-Olu was sent to comfort the deceased’s relatives.