Kolade Johnson: Indicted officer dismissed from police force, handed over to CID, Panti

The Nigeria Police has dismissed its personnel implicated in the shooting of Kolade Johnson in Lagos on Sunday.

The University of Benin graduate was killed by men of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad on Sunday by a stray bullet while watching a match between Liverpool and Tottenham.

Two police men were apprehended after public uproar calling for justice, and police on Thursday revealed that one of the men has been dismissed from the force.

“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,” Police spokesman Bala Elkana said in a statement.

“The Adjudicating Officer, CSP Indyar Apev awarded the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution to the First defaulter.”

“The men suspected to have carried out the shooting of Kolade Johnson have been apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary procedures,” the police tweeted on Tuesday.

According to police, Inspector Olalekan was found guilty of the offence and subsequently dismissed.

His action was described as “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.”

However, police discharged and acquitted the second officer apprehended alongside Inspector Olalekan.

“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 indicted officer was found guilty and subsequently handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for prosecution in conventional Court.