Ado-Ekiti - A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ado-Ekiti
on Friday remanded a driver, Ojo Babatunde, 32, in prison custody for
allegedly killing four persons in a fatal accident.
The Police Prosecutor, David Erinma, told the court that the
accused committed the offence on Sept.14 around 6:00am on Olokemeji
He said that the accused, a driver of a Mercedes Benz truck with
registration number Lagos: XT 835 LND, drove his truck in a reckless
manner on that day.
Erinma said that the driver veered out of his own lane and collided
with a Volkswagen Golf taxi; causing the death of the cab’s four
He said that the dead victims of the accident were Sola Ebenezer, 32,
Kemi Ogunye, 30, Feyi Akinyemi, 10, Bisola Akinyemi, 10, and Pamilerin
He said that five other victims of the accident, who were seriously
wounded, were still receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University
Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two count charges of dangerous driving and manslaughter.
His counsel urged the court to grant bail to him on liberal terms.
However, Erinma opposed the bail application, arguing that the
gravity of the offence, which involved lives, should be taken into
He said that the accused could jump bail because he was just an ordinary truck driver.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Simeon Ojo ordered that the accused
should be remanded in prison custody due to the seriousness of the case.
"Some lives were lost and some persons are still in the hospital standing between life and death," he said.
He also adjourned the case to Oct. 24 for hearing.