President Muhammadu Buhari has on Wednesday reiterated his administration’s promise, saying it won’t tolerate brutalization of Nigerians or the violation of their rights.
He added that any law enforcement officer or government functionary caught in this act will be visited will face the full wrath of the law.
This is in reaction to the killing of Kolade Johnson who was killed as a result of a stray bullet from the men of Special anti-Roberry Squad (SARS) in Iyan Ipaja on Sunday.
The President stated this in a series of tweets released on Wednesday.
“Let me make it clear that the Government will not tolerate in any way the brutalization of Nigerians or the violation of their rights. Any law enforcement officer or government functionary caught in this act will be visited with the full weight of the law,” he said.
Speaking on the recent event that led to the reawakening of the hashtag #EndSARS which has sparked outrage in the country and beyond on the social media, president Buhari said the death of Johnson is deeply regretted.
“The recent unfortunate action of SARS operatives from the Lagos State Police Command, which led to the avoidable death of Mr. Kolade Johnson, is deeply regretted. Once again, our condolences to the family of the deceased. I’m aware the Police authorities have visited them.
“I acknowledge the genuine outrage from citizens and Civil Society groups regarding the activities of SARS. As you’re aware, the Suspects in the Kolade Johnson killing are in custody. When the orderly room trial is concluded, indicted officers will be prosecuted in court.”
On Police reform, the president pointed that important steps have been taken by the Police leadership to restructure and reform SARS,
“While important steps have been taken by the Police leadership to restructure and reform SARS, in line with presidential directives, more needs to be done. I assure this will be done. We will continue to work to ensure that we have a Police Force that adheres to the rule of law,” he added.