Police Arrest Suspected Killers Of Kolade Johnson

The Nigerian police said it has arrested the officers involved in the death of  Kolade Johnson.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Bala Elkana, on Monday, it said the culprits have been arrested and investigation is already in full gear.

The statement announced that three officers have been taken into custody and face dismissal and prosecution. The statement said that: “Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting have since been arrested and are currently in Police custody undergoing interrogation.”

Mr Johnson was killed by men suspected to be from the police special anti-cultism unit as he watched a football match in his neighbourhood on Sunday evening.

Nigerians have since demanded justice for the slain man and his family as well as an overhaul of all police special units, with many wondering why there was an anti-cultism unit in the first place.

The police have now reacted to the outrage with the statement.

See the full statement below: 

On 31/03/2019 at about 5.05pm, the Command received a distress call that Lagos- Abeokuta Express Way has been blocked by some angry youths who were protesting the shooting of one Kolade Johnson, m of No.1 Beco street, Onipetesi, Mangoro Bus Stop by a team of Policemen from Anti Cultism unit.

A team of policemen from the Rapid Response Squads and Metro patrol were promptly drafted to the scene. The account of eye witnesses helped in identifying the team which fled the scene immediately after the incident. Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting 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.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni calls for calm, assuring that justice will prevail in this case. The Commissioner of Police also condoles with the family, friends and well wishers of Kolade Johnson.

The CP 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. Members of the Public who have complaints on the activities of Anti Cultism Squad or any of our Police teams should call the following numbers 08063299264, 08065154338 and 08060357795, please.

DSP Bala Elkana
Police Public Relations Officer
Lagos State.

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