Ex-policeman sentenced to life imprisonment for killing football fan

Justice Adenike Coker of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Thursday, sentenced a d

A dismissed policeman, Olalekan Ogunyemi, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a football fan, Kolade Johnson, in Lagos.

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, Justice Adenike Coker of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Thursday, 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.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Thursday, the Lagos State prosecution counsel, Jubril Kareem, announced his appearance, while Abayomi Omotubora appeared for the defence.

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.