Olalekan Ogunyemi, a former police officer, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Kolade Johnson, 35, by a high court in Ikeja, Lagos.

On March 31, 2019, Johnson was shot and killed by the police during a raid at Onipetesi in Lagos while watching a match between Tottenham and Manchester United of the English Premier League.

Following an orderly trial, Ogunyemi, a member of the Nigerian Police’s Special Anti-Cultism Squad, was found guilty of killing the victim and dismissed from the force.

While delivering judgment on Thursday, September 22, Justice Adenike Coker found the defendant guilty of the charge and accordingly sentenced him to life imprisonment.

The judge specifically ruled that the convict would be eligible for release after serving a minimum of 25 years.

Although the former police inspector was first accused of murder, the court declared him guilty of manslaughter because there was no evidence that the victim was unintentionally killed.