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The fatal shooting of Kolade Johnson by men of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) while watching a football match on Sunday, March 31, 2019, has generated a lot of angry responses from Nigerians and renewed the call to scrap such outfit, notably the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The fatal shooting of Kolade Johnson by men of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) while watching a football match on Sunday, March 31, 2019, has generated a lot of angry responses from Nigerians and renewed the call to scrap such outfit, notably the Special Anti-Robbery Squad
(SARS).

The outcry dew the attention of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, who paid a condolence visit to the bereaved family of the victim.

The presidency and Senate President also joined voices in condemning the barbaric act. The culprits, Insp. Ogunyemi Olalekan and Sgt. Godwin Orji, were eventually named and their pictures released after much uproar by Nigerians.

Surprisingly, the murder of Kolade seems to have woken a lot of Nigerians from their slumber, especially the youths whose voices are hardly heard beyond the social media sphere. They have decided for once, in a strong voice, to take the fight to their oppressors by staging protests nationwide.

This is a welcome development.

On Friday, In Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja and Akure, concerned Nigerians took to the streets to call for an end to what has become a norm in the society – killings, harassment and extortion by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

Looking beyond this approach, Africa New24 (AN24) gathered that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, met with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Abubakar  Adamu, over the Police Reform Bill and Bill and the Police Trust Fund Bill.

While reacting to the killing, Saraka had said, via a tweet that, “Issues like the senseless killings, assault and extortion of everyday Nigerians by some ‘bad apples’ in the Police Force is what prompted @NGRSenate to introduce and fast-track the progression of the #PoliceRefirnBill.

“I have also been in contact with the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and I am pleased to announce that the Report of the #PoliceReformBill will be laid by next week Tuesday.

“Make no mistake, the 8th Senate remains committed to the passage of the Police Reform Bill to ensure that our Police Force is more efficient and
responsive to the needs of all Nigerians.”

The 8th Senate will be doing Nigerians huge favour if the bill is passed as promised as it will spark the much-needed reform meant to reposition  the Nigeria police force. But until then, we can keep the pressure on by speaking out daily and hoping there will be no more Kolade Johnson till the bill is passed.




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