Olalekan Ogunyemi, a dismissed officer of the Nigerian Police force, was given a life sentence in prison for the murder of Kolade Johnson by the Lagos High Court in Ikeja.
According to media reports, Johnson was shot in the lower abdomen on March 31, 2019, at a viewing center in Mangoro, Ikeja, Lagos, by Ogunyemi, a member of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad.
Trial judge Justice Adenike Coker found the defendant guilty of the charge and sentenced him to life in prison with the requirement that he serve a minimum of 25 years in prison in her ruling on Thursday.
The judge also imposed a life sentence for manslaughter on the fired police officer.
Despite being initially accused of murder, Olalekan was ultimately found guilty of manslaughter by the court.
The defense called two witnesses during the trial, while the prosecution called seven witnesses.
Dr. Oluwaseun Williams, a pathologist who testified at the trial, said Johnson, 35, had six gunshot wounds.
The victim was shot by the accused for no reason while he was watching a football game between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
However, in response to Nigerians’ outrage, the criminal was apprehended and subsequently fired from the police force.