A dismissed Inspector of Police, Ogunyemi Olalekan, was on Tuesday at an Ikeja High Court remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons after his arraignment for the alleged murder of Kolade Johnson, a 35-year-old man, at a viewing center in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olalekan, 45, during his arraignment pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.
Following his plea, Yhaqub Oshoala, Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, requested that Olalekan, who has been incarcerated at the Ikoyi Prison since his arrest, continue to be remanded at the facility.
“We ask that the defendant continue to be detained in prison custody before the trial date. Our witnesses are available and we are ready to commence,” Oshoala told the court.
Before adjourning the case, the presiding judge, Justice A. J. Coker, told Ike Ezekwen, the defence counsel, to explain to Olalekan the option of a bargain agreement before the trial commences.
Coker said: “This case is adjourned to January 15, 2020 for trial.
“The defendant is further remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Facility.
“The prosecution team is enjoined to bring their witnesses to court.”
According to the prosecution, Olalekan, working with Special Anti-Cultism Squad, committed the offence at 5:10pm on March 31 at Onipetesi Estate, Mangoro area of Lagos.
Oshoala said: “The former Police Inspector unlawfully killed Johnson by shooting him with a AK47 rifle in the lower abdomen.
“The offence contravenes Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.”
NAN reports that Section 223 prescribes death sentence for anyone convicted of the offence of murder.