President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness, over the death of one Kolade Johnson.
Kolade was alleged to have been shot by a member of a Police team, while he was watching a Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, in Lagos State, on Sunday.
Johnson’s death has since sparked widespread criticisms, with a renewed call on the Federal Government to end the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, unit of the Police.
Speaking on the development, Buhari on his verified Twitter handle wrote: “Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kolade Johnson, victim of the March 31, fatal shooting in Lagos.
“Police have assured that the Team suspected of involvement in the shooting have been apprehended, and are undergoing disciplinary procedure. Updates will be provided.”
However, Nigerians responding to Buhari’s message, urged the President to put an end to Police brutality of Nigerians, by eradicating SARS in its entirety.
Here are some comments from the social media:
@idjthriller: “We are tired of apologies after lives lost. EndSARS now.”
@Shubomiii: “Too quick to come here to drop condolences. Enough of that nonsense, keep the condolences to yourself. Scrap this nonsense group (SARS). It will not take a whole day to do.”
@MissGvg: “Not just condolences. If herdsmen are not slaughtering Nigerian citizens, it is book haram. If it is not Police killing citizens, then it is kidnappers on the highway. @MBuhari your Office is not just for talk or decoration. Be a Leader! Sack the IG of Police. Actually implement reforms.”
@Erriomson: “Show us evidence of action taken. You cannot keep making Press release, while Nigerian citizens keep facing the same fate on daily basis.”
@Temitorpe1: “We want their pictures not condolences, and where they are being held.”
@Lekanskillz12: “Oga what we need is total eradication of these nuisance factions of our Police Force. Enough of avoidable condolences, End SARS, End Police brutality.”
@Kizzybeat: “We want them to be publicly prosecuted.”
@Bin_Ismail: “Please we do not only need the team to be persecuted, we want you to end SARS in general.”
@gerrardcc: “Just disband them already, please! They are utterly useless.”
Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the killing of Kolade Johnson.
In a tweet on his official Twitter handle, @BukolaSaraki, the Senate President announced that the Report of the Public Hearing on the Police Reform Bill, will be laid next week Tuesday, in the Senate.
His words: “My heartfelt prayers are with the family and friends of Kolade Johnson, the young football fan, who was killed by men of the Nigerian Police in Mangoro/Onipetesi community, in Lagos.
“Issues like the senseless killings, assault, and extortion of everyday Nigerians by some ‘bad apples’ in the Police Force, prompted @NGRSenate to introduce and fast-track the progression of the #PoliceReformBill.
“Make no mistake, the 8th Senate remains committed to the passage of the #PoliceReformBill, to ensure that our Police Force is more efficient and responsive to the needs of all Nigerians.
“I have also been in contact with the Chairman of the Committee, and I am pleased to announce that the Report of the Bill will be laid by next week Tuesday.”