The Lagos State Government has arraigned a dismissed police officer, Ogunyemi Olalekan, allegedly responsible for the murder of Kolade Johnson, a 35-year-old man at a viewing centre in Lagos by shooting him with an AK47 rifle in the lower abdomen.
Olalekan, 45, a former Police Inspector was charged at an Ikeja High Court for murder in contravention of section 223 of the criminal laws of Lagos State 2015.
In reaction to the accused’s not guilty plea to the murder charge, lead prosecuting Counsel and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ministry of Justice, Mr. Yhaqub Oshoala Mr. Oshoala requested that Olalekan, who has been incarcerated at the Ikoyi Prison since his arrest continues 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 till January 15, 2020, for trial and ruling that the accused be remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Facility, the Presiding Judge, Justice A. J Coker told Mr. Ike Ezekwen, the defence counsel to ensure he explains to Olalekan the option of a plea bargain before the full trial commences.
Recall that Olalekan, a former Police Inspector at the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) of the Nigeria Police Force, committed the offence at 5.10 pm on March 31, 2019, at Onipetesi Estate, Mangoro area of Lagos.