Kolade Johnson was not killed by police stray bullets as widely reported, his family has declared.
Rather, he was deliberately shot and killed by trigger-happy cops.
His foster, Alhaji Remi Lukman, told newsmen on Tuesday at the family’s residence in Lagos that stray bullets couldn’t have penetrated his body twice.
He claimed the family has video evidence to prove the deceased and his friends were aimed at the policemen as against media reports they mistakenly fired.
Lukman said: “We have been hearing that it was a stray bullet but I must tell you that a stray but cannot penetrate twice. If he had not directed the gun at them two bullets will not touch him.
“He was the hope of the family and a gentle boy and as I am talking to you, I have gone beyond this level and I’m just trying to set everything in motion to prove it was not stray bullets at all.”
Describing how the incident happened, the foster father said: “He was just there at that spot catching fun with his friends and watching football match, which of course anybody could have done.
“It was a response to a lady screaming kidnappers that made them all leave the Kingston Jo eatery to come out to know why the lady was shouting kidnappers.”
He described Kolade as the hope of the family, a gentle boy who was very intelligent.
“You really needed to have known him. He was a very gentle boy. Some of the video clips will carry in summary the kind of person that he was.
“While the gunshots were fired towards the group the video clip shows that he was walking behind them all. He wasn’t intrusive at all.
“It was just unfortunate that he happened to be a victim in the group. All we are asking for is justice and what these people have done to us should be done to them.
“He was gentle, intelligent, full of future, the family had a bright hope concerning him and it is very unfortunate that someone like him died at a very tender age.
“He’s a very gentle boy, listened to home training and we trained him well.”
Elder sister of the deceased, Toluwani Lukman, also described him as her companion, saying she will miss him for so many things.
Late Kolades’ niece, Khadija Lukman, added the deceased never got angry and was a good cook.
Deceased’s mother, Mrs. Esther Odebiyi kept quiet all through the interaction with the family, ostensibly soaked in sorrow.