Yesterday, the 31st of March was a sorrowful day for the family of Kolade Johnson a 36 year old football lover who had gone to watch the EPL match between Liverpool and Tottenham.
He was said to have been shot by SARs police officials who wanted to arrest another suspect outside a Kingstine-Jo outlet in Mangoro area near the International airport, Mafoluku Ikeja, Lagos.
According to eye witnesses, the officers wanted to arrest a man they suspected to be a criminal because of his dreadlocks and people gathered to know why. The officers shot sporadically into the air and Kolade Johnson was hit by one of the stray bullets while watching the match. He was rushed to General Hospital but he bled to death before arrival.
The internet went into overdrive and outrage as the videos of the deceased surfaced as he laid dead in a pool of his own blood. The hashtags #KoladeJohnson #KoladeJohnsonmustnotdieinvain #EndSARS #Endpolicebrutality #ReformPoliceNg have all been trending on Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.
A lot of celebrities have also lent their voices to the movement as they demand for justice for the deceased.
The Nigerian police has released a statement narrating the events and have also confirmed the arrests of some of its officers. The Lagos State Police Command Spokesperson DSP Bala Elkana confirmed the arrest of a Police team in a statement today 1st April,2019.
The Nigeria Police also issued statements via their social media handles explaining the incident.
DSP Elkana also said
“Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting will be subjected to internal disciplinary PROCEDURES and may be prosecuted in conventional court if implicated by the ongoing investigation”
Meanwhile, The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu has called for calm, assuring that justice will prevail in the case. he also expressed his condolences to the family,friends and well wishers of the late Kolade Johnson.
All of us at Nollywood Alive sends strength and love to the family of the deceased. We will be following the story and keep you updated as it continues to unfold.