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21-year-old ‘one-way’ driver charged for manslaughter in Lagos 

The court heard that the defendant recklessly drove a tricycle against oncoming traffic and caused the death of Lukman Alabi.

• September 16, 2022
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A 21-year-old driver, Shola Yusuf, who allegedly drove in a reckless manner and killed a pedestrian, on Friday, appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The police charged Mr Yusuf, whose address was not provided, with four counts bordering on reckless driving and manslaughter.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Courage Ekhueorohan, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on August 20 at Odo-Olowu Warehouse Bus/Stop, Ijeshatedo Surulere.

Mr Ekhueorohan said that the defendant recklessly drove a tricycle with registration number: EPE 588 QK against oncoming traffic and caused the death of Lukman Alabi.

He said that Mr Alabi was rushed to the hospital after the accident and was  later confirmed dead.

Mr Ekhueorohan said that the defendant also drove the tricycle without a valid driver’s license and  the tricycle documents to show that it belonged to him.

Mr Ekhueorohan said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 5, 12, 51(2), and 52, of the Road Traffic Law of Lagos State, 2012.

Magistrate M. I. Dan-Oni admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Mrs Dan-Oni, adjourned the case until October 7 for mention. 


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