How Ko­lade John­son was killed by po­lice­man – Friends

The Punch - - NEWS - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

THe La­gos State High Court in Ikeja on Wed­nes­day heard how a dis­missed cop, Olalekan Ogun­yemi, al­legedly killed a foot­ball fan, Ko­lade

John­son.

The PUNCH had re­ported that Ko­lade was shot dead on March 31, 2019, when some po­lice­men at­tached to the Anti-cultism Unit of the La­gos State Po­lice Com­mand stormed Olu Aboderin Street in the Onipetesi area of the state.

The vic­tim was watch­ing a foot­ball match be­tween Liver­pool and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur when the incident hap­pened.

Ko­lade’s friends – Folorun­sho, Sa­muel Nana and Omo­tayo Dairo – while be­ing led in ev­i­dence by the state Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions, Yhaqub Oshoala, on Wed­nes­day, nar­rated to the court how Ogun­yemi killed the vic­tim.

Folorun­sho said, “On March 31, 2019, around 4.30pm while head­ing to the bus stop at Man­goro, I stopped at a bar called Kingston Jo to say hello to some friends. I was with a fe­male friend and when we got to the bus stop, I saw a yel­low com­mer­cial bus which had no num­ber plate.

“Two men in mufti came out of the bus, held my clothes and I thought they wanted to kid­nap me. I told my friend to run and I asked them to iden­tify them­selves.

“Two of­fi­cers in black polo shirts, with SARS writ­ten on the back, came out of the ve­hi­cle. The man hold­ing me and the other two started beat­ing me. Ogun­yemi forced me to go into the bus and they drove for a very short dis­tance and the de­fen­dant came down and asked the gath­ered crowd in Yoruba whether they wanted to die for me. I heard three gun­shots, the de­fen­dant was the one who fired the shots, and im­me­di­ately af­ter fir­ing the gun, he en­tered the bus and told the driver to move.

When I got home, I heard that the gun­shots killed Ko­lade John­son and we made a re­port at the Shasha Po­lice Sta­tion and Area F Po­lice Sta­tion.”

While giv­ing ev­i­dence, Nana said he was at Kingston Jo with Ko­lade and some other friends watch­ing the Liver­pool ver­sus Tot­ten­ham match when a lady ran into the bar crying for help.

He said, “I saw Is­mail be­ing beaten and dragged into a bus by two men in mufti. They were three or four in num­ber and we asked where they were tak­ing them to.

“The de­fen­dant came down from the bus and shot into the air and we ran hel­ter-skel­ter. I stood with Ko­lade in front of a taxi park and the bus moved for a short dis­tance and the de­fen­dant came down from the bus and pointed the gun at us and fired twice; the first bul­let hit Ko­lade in his ab­domen while the sec­ond one hit him close to his pri­vate part.”

The pre­sid­ing judge, Jus­tice A. J. Coker, ad­journed the case till Fe­bru­ary 13 for the con­tin­u­a­tion of trial and or­dered that Ogun­yemi would re­main at the Ikoyi Cus­to­dial Cen­tre.

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