Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the killing of one Kolade Johnson by men believed to be officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
Kolade was alleged to have been shot by a member of a police team, while he was watching a Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Lagos on Sunday.
Johnson’s death has since sparked widespread condemnation, with a renewed call on the Federal Government to ban the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) unit of the police.
We reported earlier that the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement yesterday, had said suspects have been arrested and an investigation begun into the matter.
Saraki, on his Twitter handle, said the 8th Senate remains committed to the Police Reform Bill.
Senator Saraki made this comment as part of a series of tweets in reaction to the development.
The Senate President said, “My heartfelt prayers are with the family and friends of Kolade Johnson, the young football fan who was allegedly killed by men of the Nigerian Police in Mangoro/Onipetesi community in Lagos.
“Issues like the senseless killings, assault, and extortion of everyday Nigerians by some ‘bad apples’ in the Police Force is what prompted @NGRSenate to introduce and fast-track the progression of the #PoliceRefirnBill.
“I have also been in contact with the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and I am pleased to announce that the Report of the #PoliceReformBill will be laid by next week Tuesday.
“Make no mistake, the 8th Senate remains committed to the passage of the PoliceReformBill to ensure that our Police Force is more efficient and responsive to the needs of all Nigerians.”