Nigerians on social media have reacted to the killing of one Kolade Johnson by operatives of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad yesterday in Lagos.
According to reports, Kolade was hit by a stray bullet when the FSARS operatives had visited his residential area to arrest one man who was wearing dreadlocks.
The incident, which happened around Mangoro/Onipetesi community in Lagos State, led to the blocking of the Oshodi/Abeokuta Expressway as residents protested the murder.
The victim reportedly died before he could get medical attention.
Nigerian however called for an absolute ending to police brutality, especially ones perpetuated by SARS operatives.
SARS can just decide to walk the streets of this country, kill anybody and get away with it? Are you freaking kidding me? What the hell is going on? How is this a country…that has a government?#endsars #justiceforkola
Despite repeated calls from Amnesty International in recent years, the Nigerian justice system has failed to prevent or punish torture. Despite @MBuhari signing into law the Anti-Torture Bill @PoliceNG torture Nigerians with impunity. #EndSARS
— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) April 1, 2019
My heart is heavy..Kolade Johnson, a young Nigerian whose life was cut short allegedly by F-SARS stray bullets while watching a football match yesterday afternoon. There’s no plausible explanation for shooting indiscriminately. #EndSARS, Nigerians deserve a better option, abeg!
— debbie.com.ng (@DebsExtra) April 1, 2019
Anytime I’m in Lagos, I try as much as possible to be vigilant.
I can’t wear what I want and my hair
I end up with native & T shirt.
I drive with caution.
My ID with me 24/7
Never arguing with the police
— Stan (@TravelBrothers_) April 1, 2019
Being young is NOT a crime. Having dreadlocks is NOT a crime.
Sagging your jeans is NOT a crime.
Having tattoos and piercings is NOT a crime.
The big crime is the police harassing and killing the innocent youth they are paid to protect, and nobody stopping them. #EndSARS
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) April 1, 2019