Ogunyemi Olalekan, a dismissed police inspector, 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.
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, continues to be remanded at the facility.
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.
“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,” Justice Coker said.
According to the prosecution, Olalekan, formerly attached to Special Anti-Cultism Squad, committed the offence at 5.10pm on March 31 at Onipetesi Estate, Mangoro area of Lagos.
“The former police inspector unlawfully killed Johnson by shooting him with an AK47 rifle in the lower abdomen.
“The offence contravenes Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015,” Oshoala said.
NAN reports that Section 223 prescribes death sentence for anyone convicted of the offence of murder.