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Fiberesima breaks down as court upholds 5-year jail term

12 March 2016, 20:58

Lagos - The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has upheld the judgement of a Lagos High Court which sentenced the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima to five years’ imprisonment for the death of one Dr Giwa Suraj.

The actress had gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge the jail term handed her by a Lagos High Court, and her lawyer, Nnaemeka Amaechina, had urged the court to set aside the sentence and restore the decision of the Magistrate Court which sentenced her to a N100 000 fine

The court dismissed the appeal filed by the star actress challenging the sentence which was handed down by Justice Deborah Oluwayemi for reckless driving which caused the death of one Dr. Giwa Suraj in an auto accident along the Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos.

Also read: Ibinabo Fiberesima may still go to prison

The deceased was a staff in one of the Lagos state’s hospitals.

In a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur, the court also dismissed the sentence of a Magistrate Court which had earlier awarded a N100 000 fine on the actress.

The Appeal Court held that the Magistrate lacked the discretion to grant Ibinabo the option of a fine upon conviction.

Immediately, the judgment was delivered, Ibinabo who was visibly apprehensive throughout the proceeding burst into tears and wept furiously.

Source: Punch

- News 24


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