Justice Adenike Coker of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Thursday, sentenced a dismissed cop, Olalekan Ogunyemi, to life imprisonment for killing a football fan, Kolade Johnson.
Ogunyemi, who was attached to the Special Anti-Cultism Squad of the Nigeria Police, shot Johnson in the lower abdomen on March 31, 2019, at a viewing centre at Mangoro, Ikeja, Lagos. The victim was watching a football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur when he was shot by the convict.
While delivering judgment in charge no: ID/9776C/2019 between the State of Lagos vs Ogunyemi Olalekan, Justice Coker found the defendant guilty of the charge and accordingly sentenced him to life imprisonment with the caveat of serving a minimum of 25 years’ imprisonment.
The judge also sentenced the dismissed policeman to life imprisonment for manslaughter. Olalekan was originally charged with murder, but the court found him guilty of manslaughter.
During trial, the prosecution called seven witnesses, while the defence called two witnesses. At trial, a pathologist, Dr Oluwaseun Williams, testified that Johnson, 35, suffered six gunshot injuries.