UNIBEN alumni slams Police over Kolade’s murder

UNIBEN alumni slams Police over Kolade’s murder

Concerned members of University of Benin (UNIBEN) Alumni association, have lashed out at the Nigeria Police for taking dictation from an extreme position in connection with the alleged murder of a Nigerian, Kolade Johnson. The 32-year-old Kolade reportedly died as a result of gunshot fired by a policeman attached to anti-Cultism unit of the Lagos

Concerned members of University of Benin (UNIBEN) Alumni association, have lashed out at the Nigeria Police for taking dictation from an extreme position in connection with the alleged murder of a Nigerian, Kolade Johnson.

The 32-year-old Kolade reportedly died as a result of gunshot fired by a policeman attached to anti-Cultism unit of the Lagos State Command when misfortune knocked on the door of a football viewing Centre on Sunday in the State.

A peaceful protest was staged yesterday in Benin City by the group to demand for the prosecution of the suspected culprits currently undergoing orderly room trial over the murder of Johnson Kolade who was a graduate of University of Benin.

Spokesperson of the protesters, Miss Precious Orute, tasked the law enforcement agency not to ambush justice in the ongoing investigation and re-direct public perception about the institution to win public trust.

She said the tragedy has gives credence to the fact that human rights of Citizens, was on a retreat.

Orute, maintained that there was no justification for security operatives to raise a hand of violence against an unarmed Civilian.

“I speak on behalf of women, Children, youths and widows in Nigeria including Kolade’s mother. We are angry at the behaviour of the Nigeria Police…

“The mentality of most of them is a shame to this nation”, she lamented.

Also speaking, a Benin-based human rights activist, Marxist Kola Edokpayi and Comrade Ogute Divine Omale, said the investigation and enquiry on the murder of the Nigerian should not be left for the Police alone.

The duo, also called for overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force, especially in dealing with despots and cases of extra-judicial killings and declared unwavering insistence towards the prosecution of the suspects.

Responding, the Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Mr. Danmallam Mohammed who received the protesters at the Command headquarters in Benin City, expressed displeasure over the Kolade’s murder.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Public Relation Officer of the Nigeria, explained that his death was “man’s inhumanity to man”.

Mohammed who pleaded with the protesters to be calm, however described the incident as “unacceptable and unlawful”.

The entire Sapele road, King square axis, and environs were already convulsed in a traffic snarl for hours during the march by the protesters who chanted solidarity songs and waved banners with different slogans.

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