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Truck Driver Remanded in Prison for Murder of 29 year-old Motor Boy

Ruth Bamidele, Lagos

A 60 year old driver- Felix Alele was docked before a Lagos Magistrate court in Ikeja for driving recklessly, thereby causing the death of his 29 year old motor boy, Afe Collins.

court33Felix, who was driving a Mack trailer vehicle with registration number KSF 507 XB, along Ogunnusi road, opposite Babs Fafunwa Millenium Grammar school Ojodu, was said to have run over the deceased, inflicting injury on his body thereby causing his death.

Police Prosecutor Chinalu Uwadoiye said the offence committed is punishable under section 28(1), 25(a) Cap 172 Vol. 7, 36(p) of Road Transport Law of Lagos state.

The defendant pleads not guilty to the three count charge preferred against him. Magistrate Miss Akinde ordered that the accused be remanded in Kirikiri prison. The matter is adjourned to 10th December, 2013

In a related development, A 38 year old driver was arraigned before Magistrate Miss Akinde of Ikeja Magistrate Court on Wednesday on a two count charge of driving recklessly thereby causing the death of 68 year old Agnes Okafor at Ikeja under bridge, along Obafemi Awolowo way Ikeja on 23rd September.

Hakeem was allegedly driving a Mack truck, with registration number LSD856XA, belonging to one Balolas Ventures.

The charge in part reads “caused the death of one Agnes Okafor ‘F’ age 68, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the nature, condition and use of highway, street or other place and to the amount of traffic on the vicinity at the time, or which might be reasonably expected to be in the vicinity, thereby committed an offence”.

Police Prosecutor Nwaokoye Barth said the offence is contrary to section 20 No27, Vol 45 Road Transport Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2012.

However, defence counsel Olajide Olatayo prayed the court to strike out the matter as the defendant had been discharged and acquitted based on the pronunciation of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the 27th September, 2013.

Consequently, Magistrate Miss Akinde stuck out the case based on the defence application, urging the prosecution to challenge the decision of the DPP before re arraigning the defendant.

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