The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Zubairu Muazu, has paid a condolence visit to the family of a football fan, Kolade Johnson, who was shot dead on Sunday by a trigger-happy policeman attached to the anti-cultism unit of the command.
The commissioner of police assured the family that justice would be done as two policemen had been named as the culprits, and they were facing internal disciplinary action.
Muazu who was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Department of Finance and Administration, Ayuba Elkanah; Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, Mohammed Ali; Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, Yetunde Longe and other senior police officers from the command, named the two personnel who fired the shots as Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan and Sergeant Godwin Orji.
Muazu condemned the action of the members of the anti-cultism team suspected to have carried out the shooting and reiterated his commitment to ensuring that justice would be done on the matter.
He stated that the men suspected to have carried out the shooting had been apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary procedures.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of Johnson and also prayed that the Almighty God would grant the family, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In his reaction, the head of Johnson’s family, Alhaji Remi Lukman, expressed his gratitude to the CP for his resolve in ensuring that justice would prevail in the case.
He commended the CP for the bold steps taken in exposing those behind the shootings saying: “I thought it was going to be a one-man fight, but seeing the police high command joining my family in this fight has shown that justice will not only be done to Kolade but to the entire Nigerian youths. I am glad that we have a new police force which believes in justice.”
He described his late son as a peace-loving person and called on his well-wishers to remain calm and allow the law to take its cause.
Johnson was shot dead on Sunday evening by police operatives attached to the anti- cultism unit of the Lagos State police command.
The policemen had gone for the arrest of a man simply identified as Rasta. It was gathered that afterwards, they started shooting into the air and a stray bullet hit the Johnson, a Liverpool FC team fan who was watching the team at the Onipetesi area of Mangoro, a stone throw from his house.
The youths took to the street protesting the incessant and unwarranted killings by policemen.
A youth leader, John Babs said: “We are protesting the incessant and unwarranted killings by policemen in Lagos.
“Three weeks ago ,a young school girl was gruesomely murdered by a trigger-happy policeman at the Agbowa area of Ikorodu. Last Sunday, Kolade Johnson was shot dead while watching his favourite team. Who knows who is next? That is why we are registering our displeasure over the killing of our youths by policemen. Policemen are trained to fight criminals and not innocent youths.”