Monday, 4 May 2015

How Reckless Driver Kills 19 year old Carpenter

Police prosecutor, Sunday Eigbejiale, prosecuting the killer driver, Abayomi Komolafe, who drove the bullion van, that killed a 19-year-old Gbenga Okesola, a carpentry apprentice, last Thursday at OPIC Roundabout, Abeokuta, on Monday told a Magistrate’s Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, that the driver did not possess a driving licence.

He also told the court that the 31-year-old driver drove the vehicle without possessing other necessary documents such as vehicle’s  licence, Insurance and road worthiness  certificate.
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Komolafe, who was charged for reckless driving and manslaughter, was allegedly hired by the United Bank for Africa to drive the bullion van, when the incident happened.
Eigbejiale, an Inspector of Police, said the accused, who drove a Mercedes Benz bullion van with number plate PF 281 SPY, drove the vehicle in a reckless and dangerous manner and caused the death of  Okesola.
He said, “The accused drove the vehicle without possessing the necessary documents such as driving and vehicle  Licences, Insurance and road worthiness  certificate.”
He submitted that the offences contravened Sections 18, 7 (1) 14 (1), 25 (2) (b) (p) of Road Traffic Law Vol 4 Laws of Ogun, 2006 and Section 31 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Third Party Insurance.
The accused, whose plea was not taken by the court, was represented by Israel Shogbamu.
Shogbamu applied for the bail of the accused in liberal terms and assured the court that killer driver would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Anthony Araba, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and ordered that the bullion van be detained in the court premises.
He  adjourned the case till June 5 for further hearing on the matter.
Our correspondent, who was in the court noticed that no fewer than 10 other suspects, who were arrested at the scene of the incident by law enforcement agents, were also brought to court on charge of causing a breach to public peace.
Among them was the boss of the deceased, Saliu Aremu.

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