The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria totally condemns the brutal Murder on Christmas day of a female Lawyer, Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, who was said to be pregnant. This is a great loss not only to the family but also to the legal profession.
This shocking incident was committed on an innocent citizen cut down in the prime of her life, by an officer of the Nigeria Police, an officer sworn to protect and maintain peace and order in the community. What a fallacy!
Mrs. Raheem and her family were reported to be on their way back home following Christmas church service and a family outing at Ajah, Lagos State.
This is one death too many at the hands of trigger-happy policemen who show no respect for the value of human life nor for the inherent personal rights of citizens
We recall that a similar occurrence had been reported at the same Ajiwe Police Station on the 7th of December 2022, when one Gafaru Buraimoh who had gone to buy fuel at the filling station in the area was also shot
The blatant and repeated violation of the principle of the right to life as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution worsens daily and this cannot be accepted nor tolerated. As such, FIDA demands a prompt and thorough investigation into the incident and a quick dispensation of justice on the matter, thereby ensuring that this case serves as a deterrent to others.
Government must adopt a Zero Tolerance stance on the wanton extrajudicial killings of innocent Nigerians by police officers; enough is enough!
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends to the deceased.
Mrs Amina Suzannah Agbaje
Country Vice President/National President
Recognizing the paramount importance of eradicating political violence before, during and after elections given its advantages in the advancement of women’s political participation, FIDA Nigeria on the 6th and 7th of December 2022 held a two-day capacity-building workshop for some selected Law Enforcement Agencies, institutions, and oversight mechanisms in Kwara state.
The workshops key objective was to strengthen the capacities of the participants to effectively prevent and respond to violence against women in elections, Sexual & Gender Based Violence, and other forms of Violence against women” that may deter female electorates participation at the polls.
The event couldn’t have been more apt even as the world continues to mark this years 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
FIDA Ondo on the 6th of December, 2022, held her AGM and Leadership training for all members.
The Leadership training was registered for by 44 members of the branch and facilitated by Hon. Justices Alero Akeredolu and Adesola Ikpat of the Ondo State Judiciary and Catherine Ogunjebi, the Chairperson of the Branch.
After the training, members received Certificates of Participation.
Thereafter, the Annual General Meeting of the Branch was held wherein, the secretariat report and audited financial statement were presented.
Members discussed and took decisions on the workplan of the Branch for 2023.
The AGM was chaired by the Branch Chairperson and attended by 5 new members.