‘Declare SARS Terrorist Group’ – Angry Reactions Trail Killing of Kolade Johnson

The alleged killing of a Nigerian man, Kolade Johnson, by policemen of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Command, has reignited the calls for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

In the latest display of police brutality, young Kolade Johnson was killed on Sunday afternoon after being hit by a stray bullet fired by police officers during a raid in his neighbourhood in Lagos.

The police officers then fled the scene after the crime as irate youths trooped out and blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

The culprits may have escaped for the day, but Nigerians – fed up with repeated cases of abuse by security operatives – have taken to social media to revisit the call on the Federal Government to scrap SARS and also reform the police force.,

Upon assumption of duty as the Acting Inspector General of Police in January, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad.

But there can be little doubt more needs to be done as expressed by majority of Nigerians.

Former Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reform Dr Joe Abah wrote on Twitter:

“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

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