Nigerian-born Canada’s Minister of Justice, Kaycee Madu has drummed support for the 12-day-old nationwide protests to end police brutality, killings and extortion, saying Nigeria Police operative killed his cousin in 2013.
Madu who was recently appointed as Minister of Justice and Solicitor-General of Alberta in Canada tweeted his support to the #EndSARS protests
“I support the people of Nigeria as they protest to end police brutality and extrajudicial killings,” Mr. Madu stated on Twitter.
The solicitor-general revealed that his cousin was a victim of police brutality in Nigeria.
“My own cousin Chrisantus Nwabueze Korie was murdered by Nigerian police in April 2013”.
Madu revealed that despite his best efforts, the police would not investigate the murder and did everything to obstruct the process of obtaining justice.
According to him, he also helped to petition a committee of Nigeria’s National Assembly to probe the killing and report back to the House in a timely manner.
While arguing that fundamental human rights like peace, security, and freedom from police brutality are universal, the Nigerian-born lawyer noted the government has an obligation to protect its citizens and deliver substantive police reform.
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.
Madu quoted Edmund Burke’s timeless words, and urged all Nigerians to stand up and be heard, stressing that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”