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Police Officer Who Killed Kolade Johnson To Be Tried For Murder-Police



Insp. Ogunyemi Olalekan, the police officer who shot and killed Kolade Johnson, a football fan will be tried for murder.

This is according to the spokesman of the Lagos State Command, DSP Bala Elkana.

DSP Elkana disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, adding that the Lagos State Police Command has recommended the dismissal of the Inspector for fatally shooting and killing the deceased.

Mr. Elkana said the recommendation was based on the report of the Orderly Room Trial, which commenced on Monday and ended on Thursday.

“Two police officers alleged to have been involved in the shooting of Kolade Johnson on March 31, were apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings, known as Orderly Room Trial by the Command.

“They 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.

“Their trial started with the reading of charges and taking of plea. Five witnesses testified. At the conclusion of the trial, the first defaulter, Insp. 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 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, Sgt. Godwin Orji to the shooting, he was therefore found not guilty and discharged and acquitted.

“The first defaulter, Insp. Ogunyemi Olalekan is handed over to Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for prosecution in conventional court,” Elkana said.

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