The Lagos State Government has arraigned a dismissed police officer, Ogunyemi Olalekan, who was alleged to be responsible for the murder of Kolade Johnson, a 35 year old man at a viewing centre in Lagos by shooting him with AK47 riffle in lower abdomen.
Olalekan, 45, a former Police Inspector was arraigned on Tuesday at an Ikeja High Court on a one count charge of murder. The lead prosecuting Counsel and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ministry of Justice, Mr. Yhaqub Oshoala stated that the offence contravened section 223 of the criminal laws of Lagos State 2015.
During his arraignment, the accused pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder. However, following his plea, Mr. Oshoala requested that Olalekan who has been incarcerated at the Ikoyi Prison since his arrest continue to be remanded at the facility.
“We ask that the defendant continue to be detained in prison custody before the trial date. Our witnesses are available and we are ready to commence,” Oshoala said.
Before adjourning the case, the presiding judge, Justice A. J Coker told Mr. Ike Ezekwen, the defence counsel to ensure he explains to Olalekan the option of a bargain agreement before trial commences.
“This case is adjourned to January 15, 2020 for trial. The defendant is further remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Facility.
“The prosecution team is enjoined to bring their witnesses to court,” Justice Coker said.
According to the prosecution, Olalekan, a dismissed police inspector working with Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) of the Nigeria Police Force, committed the offence at 5.10pm on March 31 at Onipetesi Estate, Mangoro area of Lagos.
“The former police inspector unlawfully killed Johnson by shooting him with a AK47 rifle in the lower abdomen.
“The offence contravenes Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015,” Oshoala said.