An Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, has ordered the remand of Olalekan Ogunyemi, a dismissed police inspector, in prison custody for the murder of Kolade Johnson.
The policeman, who was attached to the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, had shot dead 36-year-old Johnson during a raid around a football viewing centre in the Onipetesi area of the state on Sunday.
Kolade had gone to watch an English Premier League match in the area, some distance away from his residence when the incident happened.
Ogunyemi, 45, was arraigned for murder on Friday hours after an orderly room trial found him guilty of unlawful use of firearms.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Kehinde Olatunde, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 31, at 5:10pm on Onipetesi Estate, Idi-Mangoro, Lagos.
He said Ogunyemi used his Ak-47 rifle to kill Johnson, adding that the offence contravened Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The plea of the defendant was not taken by the court.
The counsel, Sola Adeyemi, had urged the court to remand the defendant for the next 14 days as against the 30-day remand application filed by the prosecutor.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs A.O. Salawu granted the application of the prosecutor.
She ordered that Ogunyemi be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions and adjourned the case till May 6, 2019.