Kolade Johnson’s Father Breaks Silence On Son’s Death
Alhaji Remi Lukman, the father 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.
Naija News had reported earlier that 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 an interview with Punch, Kolade Johnson’s father said one of the officers had said he would kill some when his team stormed the viewing centre that day and eventually killed his son.
Mr Lukman said: “My son was murdered here on Sunday, March 31st at about 4.30pm by the Anti-cultism team of police officers. I don’t want anybody framing things up.
“What I really needed was two things. One was immediate, the other procedurally. The immediate one is police report which will enable the mortuary to collect the corpse. The second one which is procedurally is justice over the death of my son. I want those responsible to be fished out and be brought to book.
“All these boys being killed are all youths, they all have potentials. These are the tomorrow of Nigeria. If you just decided willfully after making a statement that you are going to kill somebody here today and you actually killed somebody.
“That was the statement that came out from the mouth of the officer that fired the shot. Thereafter he shot in the air and two stray bullets directed at the crowd, then we need a more organized police force.
“We need a police force that will put the interest of the citizens at heart We need a police force that will dutifully handle their job. We need a police force that will add to the progress of youths, not the one that will be killing them like the one that happened on Sunday. I want the men to be brought to book I want them to be brought to justice. I want them to be giving the justice that is due,” he added.