"I Only Shot Once"- SARS Officer Tells His Own Side Of The Story Of How Kolade Johnson Was Killed

Date: 04-04-2019 11:29 am (1 year ago) | Author: CLARA JANCITA
- at 4-04-2019 11:29 AM (1 year ago)

Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan of the Gbagada division of the Lagos State Police Command's Special Anti Cultism Squad (SACS) has explained his version of the events that led to the fatal shooting of Kolade Johnson.
Johnson was killed on Sunday, March 31, 2019, when officers of the unit, led by Olalekan, were attempting to arrest another man because of his dreadlocks in the Mangoro area of the state.
When he was paraded alongside Sergeant Godwin Orji as the main suspects in Johnson's shooting on Tuesday, April 2, Olalekan said he didn't intend to shoot the deceased father of one.
According to him, he only shot once in the air after his team was mobbed while trying to arrest a suspected cultist.
He said,
"We heard a distress call that we should move to Mangoro. So, on getting there, we saw a group of guys smoking Indian hemp. We thought they're cultists and effected an arrest there.

"Suddenly, they mobbed us, me and my boys. So, in terms of escaping them, I fired up.

"I didn't know how it got to meet the guy in question that was shot dead, I don't know. I only fired one up."

Police officers who killed Kolade Johnson have been arrested
Eyewitnesses contradict Olalekan's story
Contrary to Olalekan's version of events, an eyewitness, identified as Mr Nana, who was with Johnson when he was shot, said Olalekan trained his gun on them.

"Kolade stood right beside me, he didn't talk. I was the one that spoke. Next thing I saw was he pointed a gun at us and shot twice,"
he said.

Nana said he and Kolade left the relaxation spot where they were watching an English Premier League game on Sunday after hearing pleas for help outside

They discovered that the officers were trying to arrest Ismail Folorunsho, a young man who appeared to have been targeted for arrest because of his dreadlocks, a common practice by the anti-cultism unit.

Folorunsho told Channels Television that he was trying to board a bus when an officer came out of nowhere to arrest him.

He said attempts to question the officers about why he was being arrested and where he was being taken to led to him being assaulted.

The struggle that ensued was what drew Nana and Johnson to where the fatal shooting eventually happened.

Posted: at 4-04-2019 11:29 AM (1 year ago) | Hero
- Bebold at 4-04-2019 11:43 AM (1 year ago)
Hang him period
Posted: at 4-04-2019 11:43 AM (1 year ago) | Gistmaniac
- EDDYPRINCE at 4-04-2019 12:09 PM (1 year ago)
untrained police men parading naija hmmmmm HOW I WISH  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 4-04-2019 12:09 PM (1 year ago) | Addicted Hero
- Wazubia at 4-04-2019 01:09 PM (1 year ago)
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Posted: at 4-04-2019 01:09 PM (1 year ago) | Gistmaniac
- robertedo3 at 4-04-2019 01:16 PM (1 year ago)
The  question is when did having a dreadlock becomes contravention of the law in Nigeria?
Posted: at 4-04-2019 01:16 PM (1 year ago) | Upcoming
- Baye77 at 5-04-2019 06:45 AM (1 year ago)
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U r armed to protect lives yet you take pleasure in taking life..whoever kills should be killed too
Posted: at 5-04-2019 06:45 AM (1 year ago) | Hero