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#EndSars Uproar as police kill football fan, Kolade Johnson, in Lagos

In the wake of the new month, Nigerians got alarmed by the news of the killing of one Kolade Johnson by the FSARS operatives.

A lot of people have taken to twitter to mourn for his precious life and also call for the government to put an end to the operations of the unit.

One of such is Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi who wrote:

“I am SO SICK of the abuse of power by SARS. I am SO SICK of a government that turns deaf ears to the cries of it’s people. HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE before something is done about this nonsense?

“Every other day, we hear stories of how citizens are beaten, killed, robbed, kidnapped by SARS. If a tree is producing rotten fruit, CUT IT DOWN.

“This is Kolade. His only crime was watching football. That was all he was doing when a stray bullet hit him yesterday. A bullet fired by a SARS official. They fled the scene btw. So who do we hold responsible?  He has a son who now has to grow up without a father, all because some idiot was trigger happy. #EndSars #justiceforkola #thishastostop,” she wrote.

Kolade Johnson, on Sunday was shot dead by policemen from the anti-cultism unit of Lagos State Police Command.

The policemen were said to have stormed Olu Aboderin Street, Onipetesi area of Lagos in search of youths dressed wildly and wearing dreadlocks.

Eyewitnesses say the police officers then stormed an eatery in the area where football fans had just finished watching a live English Premiership League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

A source said that Mr Johnson, who was a friend to a man arrested by the police, challenged the operatives on why they would take away his friend.

In the process, Johnson was shot by one of the policemen. The victim was taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Ikeja, but was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.

Immediately, angry youths blocked the two sides of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and set up bonfires, disrupting traffic in the process.

Lagos police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, said police officers were investigating to find out details of the incident.

“We got a complaint that some hoodlums blocked the road because a man was killed; we have deployed our officers in the place to clear the blockade and we are investigating the matter,” Mr Elkana said.

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