Murder of football fan: Police authorities dismiss Inspector Olalekan, to face prosecution
Recall that the Ogun State-born father of one was felled by a bullet from a team of policemen attached to Anti-Cultism unit, who stormed Onipetesi area of Mangoro to effect the arrest of a youth. Immediately the incident occurred, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, ordered members of the team arrested and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings, where Inspector Olalekan and Sergeant Godwin Orji, were fingered as the main perpetrators. However, at the end of the Orderly Room Trial, yesterday, Sergeant Orji was exonerated, as leader of the team, Olalekan was discovered to have pulled the trigger that snuffed the life out of Johnson. At the end of the Orderly Room Trial, Inspector Olalekan was found guilty of discreditable conduct. A spokesman for Lagos State Police Command, DSP Elkana Bala, who confirmed the dismissal of Olalekan said: “The two police officers alleged to have been involved in the shooting of Kolade Johnson on March 31, 2019, were apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room Trial by the command. The Orderly Room Trial commenced on Monday, April 1, 2019, and ended on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Court remands Lagos Islamic cleric charged with defiling a 5-year-old pupil “They were tried on three count charge: (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 the 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 with 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 accused, Sergeant Godwin Orji, to the shooting. He was, therefore, found not guilty and discharged and acquitted. “The first defaulter, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan, was handed over to the SCIID, Panti for prosecution in a conventional court.