President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated deeply with the family of Kolade Johnson, a football fan, who was shot dead by policemen from the Anti-Cultism Unit (SARS) of Lagos State Command, has demanded justice over the death of his son.
Johnson’s death occurred when an unmarked commercial bus visited Mangoro/Onipetesi community in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, on Sunday afternoon in search of youths dressed wildly and rocking dreadlocks.
In an attempt to disperse a crowd which had gathered during the raid, one of the police operatives shot dead Johnson, who was trying to leave the scene after watching English Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham.
This online news platform understands that the officers suspected to be involved in the shooting, have been taken into custody as part of the initial police response to the killing that has gripped the country and sparked nationwide outrage.
Reacting to the development in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, the President acknowledged the genuine outrage regarding the activities of SARS and reassured the public that swift actions have already been taken.
The statement which was issued on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday morning reads: “President @MBuhari regrets the recent unfortunate action of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives from the Lagos State Police Command, which led to the avoidable death of Mr Kolade Johnson, and commiserates deeply with the family of the deceased.
“The President acknowledges the genuine outrage regarding the activities of SARS and reassures the public that swift actions have already been taken.
“Suspects are in custody and an orderly room trial is set to commence immediately, following which indicted officers will be prosecuted in court.
“According to PMB, “Government will not tolerate in any way the brutalization of Nigerians or the violation of their rights. Any officer of the law enforcement agencies or any other govt functionary caught in this act will certainly be visited with the full weight of the law.”
“Recall that, following directives from the Presidency in 2018 to overhaul the management and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, steps were taken by the @Policeng leadership to restructure and reform SARS.
“The President recognizes that a lot more remains to be done and this effort must be sustained.
“He reassures that this administration will continue to ensure that all officers in the Police and other law enforcement agencies conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law,” the statement added.