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Lagos Policeman Who Killed Kolade Thrown Into Prison

An Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday remanded a dismissed Police Inspector, Olalekan Ogunyemi - charged with murdering Kolade Johnson - till May 6.

Magistrate A.O. Salawu remanded Ogunyemi at Ikoyi Prisons, pending advice from Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The court’s order was sequel an application by the police.

Ogunyemi, 45, of No. 17, Alhaji Ede Street, Igando, was docked on a one-count charge of murder.

Prosecuting Inspector Kehinde Olatunde told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 31, at about 5:10pm, at Onipetesi Estate, Idi-Mangoro, Lagos.

He said Ogunyemi, who served in the Anti Cultism Unit of Lagos State Police Command, shot Johnson, a 36-year-old father of one, to death, with his Ak47 rifle.

The offences, the prosecutor said contravened Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Olatunde 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 magistrates’ court don’t have jurisdiction to try a charge of murder.

But the defendant’s counsel, Sola Adeyemi, opposed the 30-day remand request. He prayed the court to instead remand the defendant for the next 14 days.

In a bench ruling, Magistrate Salawu upheld the prosecutor’s application and adjourned till May 6.

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