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Driver arraigned for manslaughter in Ondo

Driver arraigned for manslaughter in Ondo

A driver, Yekini Rilwan, has been dragged before an Ondo Magistrate Court over the killing of two persons.

The driver who was accused of dangerous driving on the highway was said to have rammed into the deceased persons identified as Iwayemi Adeolu and Lawal Oyindamola.

The defendant was alleged to have committed the offence on August 2, 2021, at about 8pm at Lipakala junction, Ondo, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.

The offence is contrary to and punishable under Section18 of the traffic law cap 136 Vol. 3 laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The Police Prosecutor, Benard Olagbayi, said the defendant was the driver of a Mack Truck with number plate GMD 384 XA.

Olagbayi told the court that the defendant was driving recklessly and negligently on the public highway at a high velocity and in a manner that was dangerous to the public.

He further told the court that the defendant knocked down one Lawal Oyindamola and also caused damage to his TVS motorcycle with number plate Ondo KAK 128 VD, valued at N350,000.

The charges read in part, “That you, Yekini Rilwan, in August at about 8 pm at Lipakala Ondo/Ore road, in the Ondo Magisterial District, being the driver in charge of the same vehicle drove same on the public highway and caused the death of one Iwayemi Adeolu and Lawal Oyindamola and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 18 of the Traffic Laws Cap 136 vol 3, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

Olagbayi who informed the court that he would be calling three witnesses to testify in the case, applied for a date to enable him study the case file.

Lawyer to the defendant, Barr. O. J Morakinyo applied for the bail of the defendant in most liberal terms.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Charity Adeniyan, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

She said the surety must be residents within the jurisdiction and attached affidavit of means, while the passport of the defendant and surety must be attached also.

Adeniyan adjourned the case till September 28, 2021, for trial.

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