President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to ensure that the police officers responsible for the killing of Kolade Johnson, a 36-year-old father of one, in Lagos State will be appropriately punished for their action.
Johnson was killed by an officer of the Gbagada division of the Lagos State Police Command’s Special Anti Cultism Squad (SACS)while the team was attempting to arrest another man because of his dreadlocks in the Mangoro area of Lagos State on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
In a statement signed by Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday April 3, the president expressed regrets over the unfortunate action of the officers which led to the avoidable death.
He commiserated with the family of the deceased and promised that the suspects will be punished according to the full weight of the law.
“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 government functionary caught in this act will certainly be visited with the full weight of the law,” the president said.
Even though the presidency’s statement said the fatal shooting was committed by officers of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), it was actually by SACS, an anti-cultism unit of the Lagos Command.
A statement released by the Force on Tuesday, April 2 identified Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan and Sergeant Godwin Orji as the officers arrested in connection to the shooting.
Both men have been subjected to internal disciplinary procedures and may be prosecuted in conventional court if implicated by the investigation into their conduct.
President Buhari reassured Nigerians that his 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.