Member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, has condemned the killing of a protester, Jimoh Isiaq, in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
He was among youths who were protesting against police brutality and excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force before he was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday.
Reacting to Isiaq’s death, Peller described it as “so painful.”
He noted that the young man’s death should trigger a more robust engagement with Nigerians who are displeased with the police.
While urging people to maintain law and order, the lawmaker promised to speak to the issues on the floor of the House of Representatives.
“This rascality has to stop NOW! Another peaceful protester Jimoh Isiaq killed by a policeman during the Ogbomosho #EndSarsProtest. This is so painful and hits me differently. The demand is clear #EndSars not to reform the unit,” Peller tweeted.
“The death of Jimoh Isiaq should trigger a more constructive and robust engagement with Nigerians who are expressing their displeasure with the police.
“Lautech is my alma mater, I am not pleased with what’s happening in Ogbomosho at the moment. However, I enjoin everyone to maintain law and order to prevent further escalations.
“I am not resting on my oars. I will speak to the issues on the floor of the House of Representatives. Beyond that, a series of consultation is being done to find a lasting solution to police brutality.
“My heartfelt condolence to the family of #JimohIsiaq. We will fight to see that justice is served. And the will of the people prevails.”