The armourer at the Ajiwe Police Station, in Ajah, Lagos, Inspector Adamu Shaibu has testified in the murder trial of Drambi Vandi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who allegedly shot Lagos-based lawyer, Bolanle Raheem on Christmas Day.
Led in evidence by the Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the armourer told Justice Ibironke Harrison that two of the 25 rounds of ammunition allotted to Vandi were missing from his Ak-47 rifle after he was disarmed on the day of the incident.
Shaibu said that he noticed the shortage of bullets when he received the Ak-47 from another officer that disarmed Vandi.
Vandi is accused of shooting Mrs. Raheem last December 25, around Ajah Underbridge, Lagos. At his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty.
In his recollection of the events of last year, the armourer who testified as the 7th prosecution witness said that on December 25, he received a call from Inspector Matthew Ameh, one of the officers at the scene of the incident, informing him that the defendant (Vandi) had shot a pregnant woman.
“When I told the DPO (Divisional Police Officer) what had happened, he led a patrol team to the scene. I called all the station guards to fortify the station,” he stated.
“Later, I saw Drambi Vandi and Supol Segun with the defendant’s rifle which he handed over to me immediately after he saw me coming out of the office.
“I personally disarmed Inspector (Fiyegha) Ebimine of his AK-47 rifle before cross-checking his magazine. The eight rounds of ammunition he booked were complete but when I checked the defendant’s rifle, I realized that only 23 rounds were found and two were missing.
“I immediately moved to the cell to speak with him and when I asked what happened, he started crying.”
The witness was then asked to identify the register with which he took record of arms and ammunition as of December 25. This he did.