The Lagos State Police Command said on Tuesday that it has arrested the policemen who shot and killed Kolade Johnson, 36, around the Mangoro area of Lagos.
- Per Lagos Police Command spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana: The suspects – Insp Ogunyemi Olalekan and Sgt Godwin Orji who are attached to Anti Cultism Squad “have since been arrested and are currently in Police custody undergoing interrogation.”
- They will be subjected to internal disciplinary procedures, and may be prosecuted in conventional Court if implicated by ongoing investigation.
- As usual whenever incidences of this sort occur, the police commissioner, Zubairu Muazu, has “promised to initiate far reaching reforms to help in repositioning the Anti Cultism Squad for effective service delivery, particularly in areas of respect for Human Rights and proficiency in the use of firearms.”
Muazu visits Johnson’s family: The police commissioner paid a condolence visit to the family of Kolade Johnson and was received by the head of the family, Alhaji Remi Lukman.
- He condemned the action of the members of the Anti Cultism team suspected to have carried out the shooting and promised to see that justice is done.
- The CP was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Department of Finance and Administration, DCP Ayuba Elkanah, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, DCP Mohammed Ali, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, DCP Yetunde Longe and other Senior Police Officers from the Command.
Family’s response: The police press statement quoted the family head, Lukman, saying “I thought it is going to be a one man’s fight but seeing the Police high Command joining our family in this fight has shown that Justice will not only be done to Kolade but to the entire Nigerian youths.”
Tweet: “@PoliceNG have assured that the Team suspected of involvement in the shooting have been apprehended & are undergoing disciplinary procedure. Updates will be provided.”
Tweet from VP Osinbajo’s spokesman:
Bottom Line: The Nigeria Police Force is a broken, unprofessional, oppressive one, and while the response of the police command is encouraging, it amounts to papering over the cracks. The Force needs a complete overhaul. Unfortunately statements from the presidency fail to realized that.
- Besides, this is not the first time police officers are being arrested for murdering innocent citizens. Just last July, Benjamin Peters, who shot and killed a youth corps member, Linda Igwetu, on the eve of her passing out was also arrested. It changed nothing in the core way the police operates. Besides that case has stalled.