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Kolade Johnson: Davido, Burna Boy, Falz demand for justice

Nigerian celebrities have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in seeking justice for Kolade Johnson.

Kolade was allegedly shot dead by a member of a police team, while he was watching a Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Lagos on Sunday.

Speaking on the development, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement said suspects have been arrested and investigation begun into the matter.

Johnson’s death has since sparked widespread criticism from Nigerians and celebrities with a renewed call on the Federal Government to end the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) unit of the police.

Here are reactions gathered by DAILY POST:

@Davido “Rip Kolade Johnson, All this nonsense must stop ! F*cked up my week up ! End SARS ASAP!! Rest In Peace Angel, God is alive !

@Simi “An innocent person dying because of the recklessness of an organization that only exists because of lack of value. They do not care at all! I’m actually fed up, I’m tired.

“Buhari please let someone pay for this. They can’t keep doing this to your people and getting away with it.”

@Banky W “This post is for our leaders: Buhari,Osinbajo, Akinwunmi Ambode, Sanwo-Olu… Dear Sirs, Kolade Johnson, an innocent, young citizen of Nigeria is dead. He was the only son of a widow, a husband and father.

“ His only crime was being in the right place at the wrong time watching a football match when SARS operatives who allegedly came to arrest someone, started shooting sporadically.

“Kolade is not the first innocent victim of reckless behaviour by SARS operatives, and he will almost certainly not be the last. It is sickening, frustrating, and unfair.

“We are tired of hearing about victims of police brutality, but never hearing about the criminal, reckless police officers being brought to justice.

“ We are tired of screaming and tweeting End SARS while our innocent young people are being extorted, bullied, maimed and killed by the very same officers who are meant to protect them.

“And we are tired of our leaders remaining silent, incident after incident.
We’re going to track down Kolade’s family, pray with them and raise money to assist them through this terrible tragedy.

“We hope that our leaders will use this opportunity to actually show that they care about our lives and wellbeing, by tracking down the reckless officers responsible for this murder and bringing them to justice for their vicious crime.

“We will not let this go. Kolade was innocent and did not deserve to die. Kolade could have been anyone of us. Please show us that you care about us. Please.”

@Falz “So called police killing young people, abruptly ending our dreams and ambitions. How many more lives are we going to lose?

“What’s the difference between these SARS guys and armed robbers / assasins ?

“This administration is the most insensitive ever in our history. So we voted another 4 years of this bullshit?

@Burna Boy “This May be too much for some of you pto understand but until we are really ready to fight SARS and the powers that be I’m not talking about any aimless protest or marching. I mean really fight, nobody should include me in any hashtags. Until then let’s continue to pray that our turn to die at the hands of SARS never comes.”

@ Timi Dakolo “Another day another senseless killing yet no one is held accountable Another innocent Nigerian gunned down, a promising life snatched for no reason.

“To them it is fine as long as e no reach their house.senseless killings,End SARS.

“With all due respect Nigeria police, Show us a picture of them and let people that were there identify them as the officers that committed the crime.”

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National Theatre’s General Manager dies in auto crash

Dr Stella Oyedepo, the incumbent General Manager and the Chief executive Officer (CEO) of the National Theatre (NT) in Lagos is dead.

She died late on Easter Monday while returning to Lagos from an official trip

Her car was said to have rammed into an articulated vehicle at Sagamu, along the Benin- Ijebu-Ode Express Road.

Mr Abiodun Abe, the Director in charge of Business Development at the NT confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday through a telephone interview.

Abe also told NAN that himself; the Public Relations Officer of the NT, Mr Steve Ogundele, and other management staff were taking the corpse of the deceased to Ilorin, her home town.

Abe said that the management of the NT would soon issue a press statement on her funeral details.

NAN reports that the late Oyedepo assumed duty as the incumbent CEO of NT on April 22, 2018.

An artiste, Pelumi Lawal, told NAN that it was sad that the deceased was returning from Calabar only to die around Sagamu.

“She had begun to transform the National Theatre to its pride of place within the last one year of her leadership.She was indeed doing a good job without making noise.

“The toilets and the air conditioners at the National Theatre’s halls have begun to function well. All these were to her credit.

“She was a very humble and a hard working administrator who used to listen to people’s advice on how to move the NT forward. It pains me that we have lost such a great woman. May she rest in peace,” he said.

NAN correspondent who visited the NT also observed that there was lull in business around the popular `Abe Igi’ as soon as the operators heard about the unfortunate incident.

Most of the operators who converged in groups were observed discussing the development in hushed tones and wearing somber mood.

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Davido under attack over reaction to Naira Marley ‘Yahoo not a crime’ video

Popular Nigerian Musician, Davido has come under attack on social media over his reaction to the backlash Naira Marley is receiving for justifying ‘Yahoo boys’.

Marley had during an Instagram live session urged Nigerians to pray for Yahoo boys, claiming that they were the reason money is in circulation in Nigeria.

The ‘Japa crooner had earlier before the live session on his Instagram said “If you know about slavery, you go know sey Yahoo no be crime.”

Some Nigerians in reaction kicked against such comments from a popular musician, describing it as misleading.

However, Davido commenting on the backlash post on Instagram, wrote: “Nobody Holy.”

The ‘If crooner has since stirred reactions from Nigerians.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@Apt “Davido really said “nobody holy” on Naira Marley’s comment on yahoo boys,Sigh! His statement is a double edged sword.Whatever he meant still interprets negative.”

@_Harrisonjnr “This Naira Marley topic just proved my pending doubt that Davido is really a yahoo boy.”

@Flosode “Davido or The Marley guy won’t say the same things about yahoo if they or their parents were the victims of yahoo.”

@Ibitoye_Phillipo “Many won’t agree but religion is one of our biggest problems in Nigeria. The way we practice it. Davido’s pathetic “Nobody holy pass” comment on Naira Marley’s post glorifying fraud is a perfect example. We put religion ahead of simple morals.If morals were a priority, there would be no stupid talks of ‘holiness’ in such situations, it would just be purely about what is right and what is wrong.”

@RoyalPriest1 “In a country where things works, people like the so called Naira Marley, Davido etc would have been on watch list but EFCC is as guilty and impotent.”

@Ologunkutere “Davido, spitting his usual stupidity, high bred class stupidity at that! Zlatan and Naira Marley displaying the low life mentality that have being their hallmarks. Big reminder that music and sense doesn’t equate!

@AyoShonaiya “I don’t understand this “no one is holy” reference. Is that what people say to themselves when they commit crimes.Committing a crime is down to you and you only. Has nothing to do with whether nobody is holy.”

@Access_Sydney “Doesn’t matter what or how people try to justify and talk against yahooDoesn’t matter what Naira Marley, Tunde Or Davido or any other person says.Deep down in your heart what is your heart telling you that is what you should take.”

@Sheddy_Osas “It’s clear that those who benefits from yahoo money are I’m full support of what Naira Marley said. Nobody is holy like Davido said but I don’t think coming out to say yahoo no be crime is right.”

@KoloJesse “I know it doesn’t matter but I am deleting every Davido, Naira Marley and Zlatan’s music in every platform I have them on! I don’t support “Yahoo yahoo”, listening to them means I do!

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Anyone that wants me to die will die before me – Baba Suwe on death rumour [VIDEO]

Babatunde Omidina, a popular actor, popularly known as Baba Suwe has reacted to rumours making rounds on social media that he’s dead.

The Nigerian actor and renowned comedian has been ill for some weeks and recently landed in America for his medical treatment

Baba Suwe in the new video confirmed he’s in Rhode Island, America, receiving treatment, courtesy of well-meaning Nigerians.

In the viral video, he said: “Thank you so much to everyone who made me go to America for treatment

“Because of you all I’m in America, doing fine and reviving treatment.

“I am fine and recuperating in Rhode Island. Anyone that wants me dead will die before me because I will live more years.”

On Sunday, fellow actor, Yomi Fabiyi announced Baba Suwe’s trip out of the country for further treatment, accompanied by his son, Sola Omidina.

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