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Death of 4 pedestrians: Police arraign truck driver in Ogun

11 October 2013, 16:38

Sango-Ota - A truck driver, Raphael Adefila, who allegedly drove his vehicle recklessly and killed four people including a septuagenarian, was on Friday charged before an Ota Magistrates' Court in Ogun.

Rapheal, 28, whose address is unknown, is being prosecuted on a two-count charge of manslaughter and reckless driving.

According to the prosecution, the accused committed the offences on Sept. 26 at 1.30 p.m. at Sango-Ota Toll Gate on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Insp. Chuks Uwaya told the court that Adefila drove a truck with registration no. JJJ 551 XB recklessly and killed four pedestrians.

He gave the names of the deceased as Sulaimon Raimi, 70; Omowunmi Ayodele, 43; Waliat Kareem, 35; and Mathew Oyebanji, 27.

Uwaya said the offences contravened Sections 5(1) and 6(1) of the Federal Highway Act, Laws of the Federation, 2006.

The accused, however, denied the charges.

The Magistrate, Mrs Titi Bello, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Bello said one of the sureties, who must be a civil servant in Ogun of not less than grade level 13.

In addition, she said the other surety should be a landed property owner and that both sureties should reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The case was adjourned to Dec. 6 for mention.



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