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Finally, Kolade Johnson’s cause of death revealed

by Damilola Agekameh

A pathologist, Oluwaseun Williams, on Thursday, March 5, 2020, narrated to a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja how an autopsy conducted on the corpse of a football fan, Kolade Johnson, revealed that he suffered six gunshot injuries.

Kolade was allegedly killed by a policeman, Olalekan Ogunyemi, who was dismissed by the Lagos State Police Command following the outrage that trailed the incident.

Recall that Kolade was shot dead on March 31, 2019, when some policemen attached to the Anti-Cultism Unit of the command stormed Olu Aboderin Street in the Onipetesi area of the state.

At the time of incident, the victim was watching a football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ogunyemi, who allegedly fired the shot that hit Kolade in the lower abdomen, is standing trial on one count of murder before Justice Adenike Coker.

Williams, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor, Yhaqub Oshoala, told the court that the autopsy carried out on April 10, 2019, revealed that Kolade’s right femoral vessel, which supplied blood to the lower limbs, were separated and destroyed by bullets, which penetrated his front thigh up to the back of the thigh.

He said, “After verification, we carried out forensic investigation of the body. We examined his clothing and the content of his pockets. We thereafter proceeded to removing his clothes. We conducted a thorough examination of the body from head to toe and identified multiple defects, both on the anterior and posterior on the right lower limbs.

“A further examination of these defects revealed injuries with round burnt edges, which are suggestive of firearm injuries or gunshots. On further examination of these defects, we were able to identify defects in the tissues of the lower limbs as well as the destruction of the lower limbs, and on conclusion of the autopsy, my team prepared an interim report for the IPO of the case and the original copy of the death certificate was issued to the deceased’s family.”

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