Driver Jailed 5 years For Manslaughter

An Osogbo magistrate court has sentenced a bus driver to five years imprisonment with an option of N500,000 fine for killing a 35-year-old woman with his bus along Gbongan road in Osogbo. The commercial bus driver, Wasiu Olajide, had earlier pleaded not guilty to the offence. According to the charge sheet, the driver was said…”
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October 15, 2008 9:49 am
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An Osogbo magistrate court has sentenced a bus driver to five years imprisonment with an option of N500,000 fine for killing a 35-year-old woman with his bus along Gbongan road in Osogbo.

The commercial bus driver, Wasiu Olajide, had earlier pleaded not guilty to the offence.

According to the charge sheet, the driver was said to have driven recklessly and caused a fatal accident which left the woman dead and many others injured.

The defence counsel, Mr. Tiamiyu Adegboyega, while applying for the bail of the driver said that he had earlier written to the prosecuting officer that they were ready to present sureties and an assurance that his client would not jump bail.

He argued that the offence is a bailable one and assured the investigating officer that the client would not in anyway interfere with the police investigation.

The prosecuting officer, Corporal Emmanuel Abdullahi argued that the accused should not be granted bail, stating that many drivers drove recklessly around the town, believing that when they get to court, they would be granted bail.

He also disclosed that the case at hend was a very fatal one, adding that it claimed the life of a woman, whose family were present in the court.

Abudullahi also argued that if every reckless driver is granted bail on the ground of liberal terms, the menace of reckless driving would continue to thrive in the society.

He added that the accused (the driver) should not be granted bail on the ground of ignorance of traffic law and for having no regard for human life.

The presiding magistrate in his judgment stated that, though the offence was a bailable one but because of the nature of its sensitivity to the public, the driver should be jailed for five years with an option of N500,000 which is payable within a week of the judgment.

– By SHINA ABUBAKAR

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