Alleged killer of Kolade Johnson remanded in prison after dismissal from police

Alleged killer of Kolade Johnson remanded in prison after dismissal from police

- The police inspector who reportedly killed Kolade Johnson , a Lagos football fan in Lagos has been arraigned in court

- Olalekan was arraigned a day after he was dismissed from the police force

- The police, however, said another police officer who arrested in connection with the killing, Sergeant Godwin Orji, was found not guilty and had been discharged and acquitted

- The magistrate ordered that Olalekan be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons, pending advice from state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)

The police inspector dismissed for allegedly killing football fan Kolade Johnson in the Mangoro area of Lagos on Sunday, March 31, Ogunyemi Olalekan, has been arraigned by Lagos state police command before a chief magistrate court in Ebute-Metta.

Olalekan was arraigned on Friday, April 5, a day after the police announced his dismissal and handover to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti, for prosecution.

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The newspaper reports that Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and public relations officer of the police in Lagos, had said on Thursday, April 4, that the decision to dismiss Olalekan was reached after a four-day orderly trial that began on Monday, April 1.

His words: “At the conclusion of the trial, the first defaulter, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan, was found guilty of discreditable conduct by acting in a manner prejudicial to discipline and unbecoming of members of the force by shooting and killing Kolade Johnson; Unlawful and Unnecessary exercise of authority by using unnecessary violence, by using AK 47 rifle on the deceased in total neglect to the provisions of Force Order 237 on the use of Firearms."

Elkana, however, said “there was no evidence linking the second defaulter, Sergeant Godwin Orji, to the shooting”.

Orji was, therefore, found not guilty, so he was discharged and acquitted.

The magistrate, A.O. Salawu, ordered that Olalekan be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons, pending advice from state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector Kehinde Olatunde, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 31, at 5.10pm, at Onipetesi Estate, Idi-Mangoro, Lagos.

Olalekan, 45, who resides at No. 17, Alhaji Ede St., Igando, was docked on a count charge of murder

Olatunde said that the arraigned officer used his Ak47 rifle to gun down 36-year-old Kolade Johnson.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 223 stipulates a death sentence if convicted.

Olatunde, informed the court that he had a remand application order by the police to remand the defendant for the next 30 days.

The plea of the defendant was not taken by the court.

Counsel to the defendant, Sola Adeyemi, had urged the court to instead remand the defendant for the next 14 days as against the application of the prosecutor.

Magistrate Salawu granted the application of the prosecutor and ordered 30 days remand and adjourned the case until May 6.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kolade, father of one, was shot dead by Ogunyemi, who served in the Anti-Cultism Unit of Lagos State Police Command.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari described as unfortunate the action of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives from the Lagos state police command, which led to the death of Kolade Johnson.

The president had said: “Government will not tolerate in any way the brutalization of Nigerians or the violation of their rights. Any officer of the law enforcement agencies or any other government functionary caught in this act will certainly be visited with the full weight of the law." ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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