Last Updated on April 3, 2019 by Ope Quadri
- Johnson’s family has DStv where he could watch the match
- He went to viewing centre to be catch fun with football lovers
- Johnson was a good cook
Kolade Johnson, the easy going guy killed by a policeman in Lagos just rounded off a 7-day fasting, seeking God’s intervention in his situation before he was shot and killed by a trigger-happy policeman last week Sunday.
According to Boluwade Awakan, Johnson’s stepbrother who spoke with TheCable said the young Johnson was seeking God’s intervention in his situation before his 36th birthday in July.
According to Awakan, “He broke his fast around 4pm. He called me, he said brother, things are not easy and I need help, I need changes in his life and that was why he embarked on a seven-day fasting.”
Johnson’s family has DStv where he could watch the match
Report has it that Johnson’s family has DStv at home, meaning he could have stayed at home and watch the match of the day, but because of the fun at viewing centre where other football lovers are gathered that could have motivated Johnson to go to viewing centre.
Like most football lovers, Johnson left the comfort of his home Sunday evening to join friends at Kingstine-Jo, a nearby bar, to watch the live English premiership match between Hotspur and Tottenham.
“He could sit back at home and watch the match, we have DSTV here!”
According to report, officials from the state and Federal governments are still visiting his family home at No. 1 Beeco street, Onipetesi, Mangoro, Lagos, residence of the deceased.
Johnson was a good cook
In one of the videos circulated online hours after Kolade Johnson was shot dead by policemen, the deceased was seen cooking in a kitchen as music blared from speakers in the background. Shouts of “K Low”, his nickname, rented the air while he stirred a pot of soup.
InfomediaNG also gathered that the late Kolade Johnson was a graduate of the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
The late Johnson once travlled to South Africa for greener pasture, but returned to Nigeria when Xenophobia attack increased in the Apartheid country. He was said to have returned to Nigeria in 2017 after spending five years in SA.
Awakan said things weren’t that easy for Johnson abroad, especially at a time aliens lived in fear of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“So, he returned to Nigeria two years ago, and he chose to live here as against Ojota where he lived before he travelled. He wanted somewhere quiet where he could think and concentrate,” Awakan said.
According to report Johnson was planning to bring his only son to Nigerian December this year, “He had a baby boy with his South African partner and Kola was planning to bring his boy, Tayo Johnson, to Nigeria this December when he would be four years,” his stepbrother said.
A gentle man is gone
The late Johnson was also described as an easy going guy who never burdened anyone with his challenges.
“He will never allow you bear his burden, he will rather suffer the burden silently. Even if Kola is going through pain, he would go inside and try through the pain without telling you,” TheCable quoted him as saying
Johnson’s killers must be brought to justice
President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the unfortunate killing of Johnson, saying his killers must be brought to book.
Other notable celebs have also spoken against the unprofessional manner of the Nigeria Police Force and his killers.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police Zubairu Muazu, who led a team on condolence visit to the family of the deceased on Tuesday, Zubairu Muazu, said efforts were in place to make Johnson’s killers account for their crime.
Police are yet to specifically name the police officer who pulled the trigger that killed Kolade Johnson, however released two names:
Ogunyemi Olalekan, an inspector, and
Godwin Orji, a sergeant.
Policemen have killed many innocent Nigerians in the past. But Kolade Johnson’s case is getting attention because it happened in a city.