Activists in Lagos state have claimed that recent killings by police officers indicate that the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad has returned to the state.
In Lagos state, some of the activists under the aegis of ‘Taking It back Movement’ decried the killings of innocent Nigerians.
They submitted the complaint in a statement signed by Ridwan Ajayi, their Publicity Secretary, captioned, ‘Police extra-judicial killings in Lagos: TIB movement Lagos condemns the murder of Monsurat Ojuade, demands justice and end to killings.”
The group claims that the killings have continued, despite the state’s #EndSARS protests.
Mosurat Ojuade, who had scored 236 in JAMB and was seeking university admission, was killed by a trigger-happy police officer named Samuel Phillips during a raid in Lagos.
According to eyewitnesses, Ojuade and her sister ran inside their compound for safety while the raider ransacked the area.
However, as their mother tried to lock the gate quickly, the police officer opened fire at close range.
Due to the ongoing strike, Ojuade was first sent to a public hospital for treatment, but she was rejected.
Her relatives transported her to a third hospital, but she died thereafter a bullet wound caused her to bleed profusely.
Part of the statement read, “We in the Take It Back Movement Lagos condemns in strict terms the extra-judicial killing of an 18-year-old admission seeker, Monsurat Ojuade, who was fatally shot dead in cold blood on September 11, 2021 by a trigger-happy policeman in Lagos State.
We equally condemn the dead on arrival efforts of the Lagos police in an attempt to cover up the truth by releasing a misleading police report that was unrelated to the brutal event which led to the death of Monsurat Ojuade on September 11, 2021.
We use this opportunity to remind the public of how the Lagos police brutally murdered Jumoke at the Yoruba Nation rally on the 3rd July 2021.
The policeman who shot Jumoke is yet to be identified, dismissed or prosecuted, instead the Lagos police charged one of the Yoruba Nation agitators who is an Ogboni chief with the death of Jumoke just to cover up the unfortunate incident. There has been no #JusticeForJumoke after 73 days of her brutal murder.
While we acknowledge the arrest and identification of the trigger-happy policeman as claimed by the Lagos CP, we call for his quick dismissal from service and also his quick prosecution according to the law.
We also call for a permanent end to police brutality, human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, frequent victimisation and harassment of Lagosian by the police, as well as the unlawful policing by some members of the Nigerian Police Force.
We put the public and Lagosians on alert over the rising cases of police brutality and killings that never stopped even after #EndSARS.
We send our humble tribute and condolences to the family of Monsurat Ojuade and we pray that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.