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Sexagenarian charged with killing 5 people

11 September 2013, 16:42

Ogun - An articulated vehicle driver, Walab Olasunkanmi, who allegedly drove his vehicle recklessly and killed five people, on Wednesday appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun.

Olasunkanmi, 60, who resides at No. 11, Okesuna Street, Surulere, Lagos, is facing charges of manslaughter and reckless driving.

According to the prosecution, the accused committed the offences on September 7 at 3.00 p.m. at Idedo village, Atan on Ota-Idiroko road.

“Olasunkanmi drove a trailer with registration no. XA 239 JJJ recklessly and killed five people at Atan on September 7," Prosecutor Brown Rosemary told the court.

She named the deceased as Abdulazeez Balogun, 34; Abdulrasaq Busari, 34; Yakub Amsat, 33;Alhaja Kadijat Wahab,70; and Musa Ojo.

Rosemary noted that the offences contravened Sections 5 and 6(1) of the Federal Highway Act, Laws of the Federation, 2006.

The accused, however, denied the charges.

In his ruling, the Magistrate, Adenariwo Soneye, granted him bail in the sum of N500 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties should show evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government and that the police should also verify the addresses of the sureties.

The case was adjourned to Oct. 24 for mention.

-  NAN

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