#JusticeForKolade: Group declares April 3rd for mass protest in Edo State
The Concerned UNIBEN Alumni and Citizens has announced that it would be embarking on a peaceful protest tomorrow to register its displeasure against the brutal killing of Kolade Johnson.
The protest which is scheduled to hold at the NNPC station beside Protea hotel, Sapele road, Benin City, Edo State, is scheduled to begin by 10 AM.
Speaking to TOWN CRIER today, after a meeting of the group, the group’s Coordinator, Mr Oguche Divine Omale said the protest is a bitter outcry for justice against the extra-judicial killing of Kolade Johnson and also a wake up call to action to all well meaning Nigerians against the aggravated brutality of the members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and the Nigeria Police Force as a whole.
“I am an alumnus of the University of Benin. The same way Kolade was. He graduated from the Faculty of Management Science, three years ago. He was a cool headed promising young man who went about his activities with strong adherence to civility, until happy-trigger members of the Nigeria Police Force killed our friend in cold blood.
The purpose of our protest tomorrow is to call on relevant authorities to fish out the killers of Kolade and ensure that they are prosecuted. We are also marching out tomorrow to demand due compensation for his two year old child, his wife and his parents.” Mr. Oguche Divine Omale said.
While calling for the reform of the Nigerian Police Force or an end to SARS, he recounted his personal experience in the hands of SARS:
“They have blood all over their faces. If they catch you, you are finished. I once had an encounter with them. It was miraculous how my life was spared. As young people, we have suffered so much in the hands of the same police officers who sworn an oath to protect our lives and properties. We want an end to the brutality of the police force. We want Kolade’s sad story to be the end of this ugly trend. The monsters living within the hearts of the members of the Nigerian SARS must be brought to an end. We call on the government to with immediate effect begin a reformative process of the Nigeria Police Force, otherwise the killer squad called SARS should be scrapped.”
Kolade Johnson, who reportedly graduated from the Faculty of Management Science, University of Benin, was shot dead last Sunday by members of the Special Anti-Cultism Sqaud (SACS) at Onipetesi, Mangoro bus stop, Lagos state. Kolade was 36 years old when his life was taken. He is a lover of sports, who likes to analyze matches with friends. He has a wife and a two-year old son. KayLow has is fondly called is the only child of his old parents.
Meanwhile, according to a statement issued by the Nigeria Police Force, those who allegedly killed Kolade Johnson include; Ogunyemi Olalekan (an inspector), Godwin Orji (a sergeant). The statement equally added that the alledged officers would be subjected to the Force’s internal disciplinary procedures.
However, Nigerians have widely criticized the internal approach of the police force, and they are demanding that the case should be tried in a court of law.
“Internal disciplinary what? We want whatever disciplinary action being taken against them to be made public. Look, we don’t trust u. We don’t trust any system that makes it so easy for people to be killed without consequences. We want open trial! #EndSARS, they’re criminals!” Nedu Ekeke said.
For RuggedMan, a popular Nigerian rapper, he said:
“Good move @PoliceNG. The next move is sending them out to the civil court for their quick trial and sentencing. #WeDemandTheDeathSentence because they killed in cold blood.”