The Police officer who shot and killed a football fan, Kolade Johnson in Lagos last Sunday, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan has been arraigned in Court.
Ogunyemi was arraigned at the Ebute-Meta Magistrate Court by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police command yesterday where the Magistrate ordered that he be remanded in prison custody.
Recall that the Lagos State Police command on Thursday found Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan 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.
Confirming the development, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police command, DSP Bala Elkana disclosed that the second defaulter, Sergeant Godwin Orji was however, discharged and acquitted as there was no evidence linking him to the shooting.
Elkana informed that the two Police Officers alleged to have been involved in the shooting of Kolade Johnson on Sunday 31st of March, 2019 were apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings, known as Orderly Room Trial by the command.
He added that the Orderly Room trial commenced on Monday April 1, 2019 and ended on Thursday April 4, 2019.
The command’s spokesman observed that the suspects were tried on three count charges: (1) Discreditable Conduct (2) Unlawful and Unnecessary Exercise of Authority and (3) Damage to Clothing or Other Articles contrary to Paragraph E (iii), Q (ii) and D (i) First Schedule, Police Act and Regulations, Cap 370 LFN 1990.
“The Trial started with the reading of charges and taking of plea. Five witnesses testified. 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.
“The Adjudicating Officer, CSP Indyar Apev awarded the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution to the first defaulter. There was no evidence linking the second defaulter, Sergeant Godwin Orji to the shooting, he was therefore found not guilty and discharged and acquitted.
“The first defaulter, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan is handed over to Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for prosecution in conventional court”, he said.
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