The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday dismissed a police officer that allegedly killed a football fan, Kolade Johnson.
According to Citizen Gavel, a non-governmental organisation, the judgement was given in an orderly room trial by the Nigerian Police.
The organisation wrote on Twitter: “Judgment has been given in the orderly room trial of the officers arrested in connection to the murder of Mr. Kolade Johnson.
“They have been summarily dismissed from the force and they have been transferred to Panti SCIID for further investigation and criminal trial.”
In a statement on Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, said after Olalekan’s dismissal, he was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, for prosecution in a conventional court.
Elkana revealed that Olalekan and Orji were tried on three counts bordering on discreditable conduct, unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority and damage to clothing or other articles contrary to Police Act and Regulations.
He stated that the Adjudicating Officer, CSP Indyar Apev, awarded the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution to Olalekan, who was found guilty, adding that there was no evidence linking Orji to the shooting and he was found not guilty.
He said, “The two Police officers alleged to have been involved in the shooting of Kolade Johnson on Sunday, March 31, 2019, were apprehended and subjected to an Orderly Room Trial by the Command.
“The Orderly Room trial commenced on Monday, April 1, 2019 and ended on Thursday, April 04, 2019. 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.
“The trial started with the reading of charges and taking of plea. Five witnesses testified.
At the conclusion of the trial, the first defaulter, Inspector 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 Kolade 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, Sergeant Godwin Orji to the shooting, he was, therefore, found not guilty and discharged and acquitted.
“The first defaulter, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan is handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for prosecution in a conventional Court.”
Naija News recall that some SACS operatives had on Sunday stormed Olu Aboderin Street, Onipetesi, while the victim was watching a live English Premiership League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at an eatery.
The operatives were said to have arrested a man, identified simply as Ismail, who was said to be seeing off his girlfriend to the bus stop, but residents protested against the arrest.
One of the operatives allegedly fired some shots in the air to disperse the crowd, but a bullet hit Kolade where he stood and before he could be rushed to the hospital, he gave up the ghost.