Nigerian-born lawyer, Kaycee Madu has joined Nigerians worldwide to lend his voice against police brutality in the country.
This follows a week-long protest by Nigerians across the country who have been collectively calling for an end to the brutalities and extrajudicial killings.
Showing his support for the #EndSARScampaign, Mr Madu who was recently appointed the minister of justice and solicitor-general of Alberta, Canada, shared his bitter experience with the police in 2013.
The Canada justice minister in a series of tweets on Twitter on Saturday recount how his cousin, Chrisantus Nwabueze Korie was killed by Nigerian police in April 2013.
According to Madu, the police refused to investigate and did everything to obstruct him from getting justice for his cousin despite all his efforts.
“I support the people of Nigeria as they protest to end police brutality and extrajudicial killings. My own cousin Chrisantus Nwabueze Korie was murdered by Nigerian police in April 2013.
“Despite my best efforts, the police would not investigate his murder and did everything to obstruct. I also helped to petition a committee of Nigeria’s National Assembly to probe the killing and report back to the House within a timely manner,” Madu wrote.
He added; “Fundamental human rights like peace, security and freedom from police brutality are universal. The Nigerian government has an obligation to protect its citizens and deliver substantive police reform.”
Speaking on the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial unit of the Nigeria Police Force and the creation of new outfit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Madu said the development won’t be sufficient to satisfy the cry of the Nigerian people for justice.
The disbandment of SARS was officially confirmed by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu earlier this week who announced the creation of new outfit to replace the defunct SARS.
The new unit has also been widely rejected by the protesting youths with #EndSWAT trending on different social media platforms.
According to him, “Changing the name of SARS and reconstituting it without significant reform won’t be sufficient to satisfy the cry of the Nigerian people for justice.”
The lawyer had his tertiary education at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) where he studied law before he was called to bar in the early 2000s also encourage all Nigerians to stand up and be heard.
It was gathered that Mr Madu was previously the minister for municipal affairs migrated to Canada in 2005 with his wife who is also a law graduate. The couple have been practising since their migration to the country.
Kaycee Madu is the first African to be appointed minister of justice in the country.