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Statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, on the killing of Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, by an officer of the Nigerian Police

The killing on December 25 of Mrs. Omobolanle Raheem, a Lawyer, by an officer of the Nigerian Police in Lagos State is deeply disturbing and sad.

On behalf of the United Nations System in Nigeria, I convey my heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Raheem’s family, and to her professional colleagues and friends.  

We urge that justice be expediently served for Mrs. Raheem and her family. 

I would also like to encourage the government of Nigeria to review and strengthen the implementation of the Police Force’s Rules of Engagement, and Standard Operating Procedure on human rights, to prevent a similar incident in the future. 

As another year concludes, it is worrying that the epidemic of violence against women and girls has not abated.  The United Nations will continue to support the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Police in protecting women and girls from any form of violence and in ensuring that the human rights of the most vulnerable in society are fully respected.  

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