The tragedy which struck on Olu Aboderin Street, Onipetesi area of Lagos State, on Sunday has stirred protests across social media, with Nigerians demanding the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit.
SARS operatives from the Lagos State Police Command allegedly shot and killed a young man identified as Kolade Johnson.
Reports suggest that operatives stormed an eatery in the area to arrest a man, who was watching a live English Premiership League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Sources said the victim who was a friend of the man to be arrested, challenged the operatives on why they would cart away his friend and one of the SARS operatives allegedly shot him dead.
Angry youths took to the streets in protest of the killing.
They blocked the two sides of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and set up bonfires, causing traffic gridlock in the process.
The protest did not, however, stop on the streets, as many Nigerians, groups, and organizations took to social media to protest and seek redress for the killing.
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Below are some of the reactions by various Nigerians, as drawn from Twitter.
This evil act has been endured for long… SARS must leave us all alone we don’t need them #EndSARS
— Prince james uduka (@surefandaytion) April 1, 2019
The energy with which #EndSARS is clamored for could as well be channeled towards reducing legislators’ pay cum cost of governance. This would ensure quality representation across board which in turn tackles our problems from the root.
— Bamidele Olaniran (@Balmydealz) April 1, 2019
The reoccurring issue of #PoliceBrutality is a clear indication of how untrained, unprofessional, and how uncontrollably violent the Nigerian police are to the people it should protect.#RedefineNigeria#EndSARS#EndPolicebrutality#EndSACS
— Jeff Okoroafor (@JeffOkoroafor) April 1, 2019
When you employ and recruit criminals and miscreants as law enforcement agents,i don’t expect less than what they are doing at the moment,policing in Nigeria is corrupt itself… #EndSARS
— ALEBIOSU OLUBANKE (@banky7000) April 1, 2019
I’m just here thinking of what Kolade Johnson’s wife would tell the little one killed his dad later in the future😓
We really need to bring our voice together to #ENDSARS#PoliceReforms
I might be the next Kolade Johnson💔
— Newbee😎 (@__darasimii) April 1, 2019
Life has no value in Africa, it is time to stand against this and to scream loud enough is enough to violate human right. #EndSARS
— Odejimi Oluwaferanmi (@ODEJIVERE) April 1, 2019
How can someone say that the mindless killing of Kolade Johnson by SARS operatives is a mistake? How many of such mistakes are we going to let slide down the drain without making this lawless police cartel to answer for their crimes? #EndSARS#EndPolicebrutality
— Michael Sprout 📌 (@sproutlin) April 1, 2019
Where I am from, you can be unlucky to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and get killed by overzealous police officers. #ENDSARS#EndPoliceBrutality
— ⬛️ A B A S S ⬛️ (@Phemour) April 1, 2019
Stop tagging celebrities or police, let’s go and protest. The president and VP has an office , the Senate has a complex, our lives matter #EndSARS
— Mazi Dikachi (nwa aba)⭕ (@diksman007) April 1, 2019
We can’t continue like this as a Nation. Maiming of innocent people. This people should begin protecting us, not the other way round. Redeploy these guys to Zamfara, Kaduna, Borno, Benue, Adamawa and other states where you have terrorists, bandits, herdsmen & criminals #EndSARS
— Francis Gboko (@gboko_francis) April 1, 2019
What you don’t want, you don’t watch. If injustice has definition when you are a victim of its devastation, it is either you were once its beneficiary or a subscriber to the theory that question its existence.
We rise that injustice may fall!#EndSARS#PoliceReforms
— Oladeji Olalekan (@Princeola82) April 1, 2019
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