Femi Kuti condemns police brutality
Nigerian Afro-beat star,Femi Kuti, has called for a broad reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) which he said requires a complete reorientation.
Kuti stated that he believes the Police Force is important to decreasing crime but must work for law-abiding Nigerians, not against them.
Femi made this known yesterday while addressing the media at the New Afrika Shrine, Lagos where a protest against Police brutality took place.
The protest was in reaction to the fatal shooting of Kolade Johnson, a 36-year-old who was killed on Sunday, March 31, 2019 by operatives of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) in Lagos State in the Mangoro area of Lagos.
According to Kuti, the protest was not an effort to undermine or scrap the Police Force but to demand a reform of the system that’ll make it work in the interest of the people and not kill them unlawfully.
Describing Kolade’s fatal shooting as one of the too many sad extremes of the Force that should not be condoned, Kuti said a change was important.
“We’re not against the Police. We’re saying the complete orientation of the Police must change into positiveness.
“The Police works for us and must defend its citizens. The Police cannot go and kill its citizens. We pay our taxes so the Police must defend us.
“We’re not saying scrap the Police Force, of course, there’ll be crime. If Police is properly equipped then Police can protect us against crime,” he said.