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Court remands truck driver in Ado-Ekiti for manslaughter

20 September 2013, 21:25

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 Street, Ado-Ekiti.

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 passengers.

He said that the dead victims of the accident were Sola Ebenezer, 32, Kemi Ogunye, 30, Feyi Akinyemi, 10, Bisola Akinyemi, 10, and Pamilerin Akinyemi, 5.

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 consideration.

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.


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