On Sunday, March 31, a young man was accidentally shot dead by two officers of the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). Apparently, the young man, identified as Kolade Johnson was trying to help another man being harrassed by the officers when the incident happened.
A Nigerian, identified as Kolade Johnson, was shot and killed by operatives of the Gbagada division of the Special Anti Cultism Squad (SACS) of the Lagos State Police Command while watching a football match on Sunday, March 31, 2019.#PulseWochitNews pic.twitter.com/8w57Qyac2J
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) April 1, 2019
A few eyewitness accounts
A man named kolade Johnson was brutally shot dead by men of the anti cult unit of SARS at Mangoro bus stop Pentecostal filling station pic.twitter.com/NRpxC9L4UE
— Ayo Taylor FCA FCIB (@ayorinde_taylor) March 31, 2019
This is Ismail, the guy that was being harassed by Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan & Sargent Godwin Orji of Special Anti Cultism Squad, when Kolade Johnson & others apparently intervened.
— Uncle Demola (@OmoGbajaBiamila) April 4, 2019
Did you note Mr Nana's testimony? He said Kolade Johnson was shot twice.
Now, listen to Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan, the man who shot Kolade Johnson to death twist the facts of what actually happened. Listen to him lie shamelessly & blatantly on national TV! 💔💔💔#EndSARS pic.twitter.com/CDI9nW3CYm
— Uncle Demola (@OmoGbajaBiamila) April 4, 2019
President Buhari and Lagos state’s Governor-Elect weighed in
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.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) April 3, 2019
My sincere condolence to the family of Kolade Johnson.
I commend @PoliceNG for their swift action but this is a very unfortunate incident that should never have happened.
The lives of citizens must be protected at all costs and everything should come into play to ensure that
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) April 1, 2019
My Kaylo Boy is gone! My 'Lion' … my chef… my precious Kolade Johnson… I'm so sorry it ended this way… I'm sorry i wasn't there to stop the bleeding… I'm sorry the government failed you… I'm sorry 💔#EndSARS pic.twitter.com/N0wsMQrYUK
— Stephañy (@stefanygeorge) March 31, 2019
— King 👑 Legacy 🇳🇬 🇬🇧❁ (@KingLegacyfied) April 1, 2019
RIP Kolade Johnson. Young men can no longer be young men in our country
— Imoh (@ImohUmoren) April 1, 2019
Kolade JOHNSON will not die in Vain. 😞 pic.twitter.com/8kCruRiz9q
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) March 31, 2019
I AM KOLADE JOHNSON, YOU ARE KOLADE JOHNSON, WE ARE ALL KOLADE JOHNSON. #EndPolicebrutality in Nigeria.
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) April 1, 2019
Location herein: 👇 pic.twitter.com/uNpSEDl2ja
— Oluyemi Fasipe🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) April 4, 2019
The killing of Kolade Johnson by evil men of SARS should unite us; every young Nigerian, every region should speak up now, let's #EndSARS
— Somto Onuchukwu (@chosensomto) April 1, 2019
— Adeolu (@tunmisehaydex) April 4, 2019
Na dressing we just dress we no de thief #EndSars
— Erigga (@erigganewmoney) April 2, 2019
Kolade Johnson: Nigeria Police don sack suspected officer from di force https://t.co/EvUrCRUUqx
— BBC Pidgin (@bbcnewspidgin) April 5, 2019
ON MY RADAR: Ogunyemi Olalekan, the Police Inspector dismissed for Killing #KoladeJohnson in the Mangoro area of Lagos on Sunday, has been arraigned today by Lagos State Police Command before a Chief Magistrate Court in Ebute-Metta for Murder. #EndSARS cc @Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/7nCoq1HxQG
— 'Deji Adesogan (@DejiAdesogan) April 5, 2019
Tribute to Kolade Johnson
Tribute to Kolade Johnson#Zamorra
It won't cost you anything to retweet
God punish Sars 😭 pic.twitter.com/QaF2MpU24x
— kindly follow back (@demilade2600) April 4, 2019
— Muyi Osa 💨 (@EruditeBeing) April 3, 2019
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Fvck You Challenge
Last month, popular Nigerian susperstar Kizz Daniel released a new single title Fvck You. To promote the song, he started a Fvck You Challenge on social media encouraging people to record and release a cover of the song.
Since the challenge begun, popular musicians as well as up and coming artistes have jumped on the trend. Some great, others, not so much. This week, we had a couple of entries.
Sentiments aside, this is the best FVCK YOU Cover so far 🥰 Tiwa and Victoria Kimani can rest small ✌🏽 EVA nailed it pic.twitter.com/VddtlQ6tCd
— Dr. PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi (@thepamilerin) April 4, 2019
@iamkissdaniel FvCk U challenge as visioned by Yxng Dxnzl
1. This is a work of fiction
2. Nigerian men do not cheat
— Yung denzL (@MI_Abaga) April 3, 2019
— Vee🎙 (@King_vnero) April 2, 2019
— Nigerian Lyricist 🔥 (@yungnel) April 3, 2019
This Kizz Daniel’s #Fvckuchallenge is the musical version of O jewa ke eng honestly
— Siege (@Siege_0) April 1, 2019
@EvaAlordiah fuck u challenge still d best 👌👌
— uzomba confidence (@real_bobbybrown) April 4, 2019
Victoria Kimani’s cover had everyone talking
"Grand ma African bad girl??"
I feel attacked on her behalf 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/OMgLZVgX58
— adeda (@tosinadeda) April 3, 2019
Who has that Victoria kimani's #fvckyouchallenge video, please send it to me i want to delete it. 🤒
— R🦅✝ (@realesttobi) April 3, 2019
Music acts will never learn that dissing another act superior to you can bury their career in a flash in the industry…. Dammy krane tried it with wiz, now victoria kimani, person wey never even blow..
— Mr yemi (@Yemihazan) April 3, 2019
Victoria Kimani should marry black face. The chemistry will be mad 😂. #FvckUChallenge
— Oga Boss 🔌 (@god_cadillac) April 3, 2019
Y’all gotta rate ycee even if that shit is true
Do you know how much research you need to do to come across a Victoria kimani song to steal
That’s some dark web shit
— Vinçi (@sayo_law) April 3, 2019
— Faisal 'Jajayomi (@JajaPhD) April 3, 2019
— Makinde Fagbemi (@Mastarcard) April 2, 2019
Lol y'all bringing your family issues, private issues into fuck u challenge for just 5mins fame. Then When reality kicks in , then y'all be like" don't take social media serious.
— Dr.Carter (@larry_thaCarter) April 3, 2019
Hope this Fuck U challenge has finally stopped
— TB (@TimiBam) April 3, 2019
Visit Kizz Daniel’s Instagram page to see more entries. Do you have a favourite yet? Let me know in the comments section.
Trevor Noah is trending in Nigeria
Host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah recently mocked Nigerians based on claims by Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria’s minister of agriculture that Nigerians order pizza from the UK.
Trevor Noah has dragged Nigeria again on The Daily Show 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/jln2bTr2h8
— Lallana le Foodie (@Duro_D) April 4, 2019
Some Nigerians didn’t find it funny
Trevor Noah your jokes on Nigeria are silly sick and stupid focus on your Apartheid South Africa where you from
— Ezinne (@zinnytee) April 5, 2019
The Trevor Noah joke is not funny to a lot of Nigerians because it's hard for a lot of people you fathom the fact that it is happening. Also its already stale news and even I did not believe it when I first heard it.
That Nigerian accent is way off though 🤔 pic.twitter.com/USPKcu5XGV
— The Social Burner and 32 Others (@dejiburner) April 5, 2019
Trevor Noah has never and can never make me laugh
— Monochrome (@mark_of_life) April 4, 2019
Really? It’s Trevor Noah you’re mad at?
Attack the man that said we import pizza from London with our phone and leave Trevor Noah.
That man gave Trevor quality content.
— Mazi Ibe (@I_pissVodka) April 4, 2019
You leave who say we dey import pizza come dey vex for Trevor 🤦🏽♂️
— ZAHEER! (@iam_YCEE) April 5, 2019
Trevor Noah jokes about Trump, you open your teeth, does same to some old politicians in Europe, you display your 32…now he is mocking your analog minister and president, he is no longer funny…oga abeg go and watch papa ajasco if you want to laugh.
— ZARIA'S DAD (@xvnthe) April 5, 2019
I have said it before, let me say it again: If you don't find Trevor Noah funny, it's not the fault of his jokes. It's your IQ.
— Harri Obi™ (@Harri_Obi) April 4, 2019
Shey na Trevor Noah say make una dey import “British Pizza”. The joke was too funny abeg 🤣. Imagine flying past Italy to get Pizza from England 🤣🤣
— devsploofeek (@sploofeek) April 5, 2019
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