Nigeria: Court Remands Killer Police Inspector In Prison
Adetokunbo Fakeye with agency report
London, April 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Lagos State Police Command on Friday arraigned Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan, who was on Thursday dismissed by the police authority for his alleged complicity in the killing of Kolade Johnson before a Chief Magistrate Court in Ebute-Metta.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs A. Salawu ordered the suspect be remanded in Ikoyi Prison pending the advice from the state Director of Public Prosecution.
Earlier, the prosecutor told the court that the offence committed by Olalekan contravened the provisions of Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
He urged the magistrate to remand the accused for 30 days while the defence counsel pleaded that the remand period be reduced to 14 days.
The trial has been adjourned till May 6.
Kolade Johnson was shot dead on Sunday by a police officer while he was watching football match in Mangoro area of Lagos.
According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, on Thursday, Inspector Olalekan and one Sergeant Godwin Orji were apprehended following the incident.
In the course of their Orderly Room Trial, both officers were tried on three counts bordering on discreditable conduct, unlawful exercise of authority, as well as action contrary to the Police Act and Regulations, with five witnesses gave evidence.
At the conclusion of the trial on Thursday, as reported by the Channels TV, the police found Olalekan guilty of discreditable conduct by “shooting and killing Kolade Johnson”, among other offences and was handed the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution.
On the other hand, the command said there was no evidence linking Sergeant Orji to the shooting and was discharged and acquitted accordingly.
Olalekan was immediately hand over to the Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for prosecution in court.