Kolade Johnson: Court Remands Killer Police In Prison
A Lagos State Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ebute-Metta area of the state on Friday remanded the policeman, Olalekan Ogunyemi who allegedly fired the gunshot that killed Kolade Johnson, a resident of the state in prison.
The court ordered that the dismissed policeman be kept behind bar until it receives a legal advice from the office of the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution on how to proceed with the matter.
Ogunyemi was arraigned before the court by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command after he was fined guilty of professional misconduct by his employers.
Ogunyemi, 45, who resides at 17, Alhaji Ede Street Igando, was arraigned on a one-count charge of murder.
Olatunde said that Ogunyemi used his AK-47 rifle to shoot dead 36-year- old Kolade Johnson.
Section 223 stipulates a death sentence if convicted.
Olatunde then 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 because is not constitutionally empowered to try the offence.
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 a 30-day remand and adjourned the case until May 6.
On Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, disclosed in a statement that the suspect and one Sergeant Godwin Orji were apprehended following the incident.
Both men were subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings, known as Orderly Room Trial, during which five witnesses gave their testimonies in the case.
In the course of the trial, they were tried on three counts bordering on discreditable conduct, unlawful exercise of authority, as well as action contrary to the Police Act and Regulations.
At the conclusion of the trial, the police found Olalekan guilty of discreditable conduct by “shooting and killing Kolade Johnson,” among other offences.
He was, thereafter, awarded the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution.
The command had, however, said there was no evidence linking Sergeant Orji to the shooting and was discharged and acquitted accordingly.