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Lagos driver in court for reckless driving on third mainland bridge

The accused who was said to have damaged another car, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

• October 14, 2021
Third Mainland Bridge
Third Mainland Bridge

A 46-year-old commercial driver, Sulaiman Ajidagba, was on Thursday docked in a Yaba Magistrates’ court in Lagos for reckless driving. 

The police charged Mr Ajidagba who resides in Isale Eko area of Lagos with reckless driving and causing an accident.

The accused who was said to have damaged another car, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecution Counsel, Magaji Haruna, said the defendant committed the offence at 11:35 a.m. on August 28.

Mr Haruna said the defendant tried to make a lane change on high speed in his Varagon bus with Reg. No: MUS 691 LX, while carrying passengers.

He said the defendant subsequently rammed into the complainant, Opanleye Oyebanji’s Toyota Corolla 2006 model car from behind.

The offence contravenes sections 19(1) and 36(1) of the 2012 road traffic law of Lagos, which stipulates a two-year imprisonment or N100,000 fine for the offence.

Section 36(1) carries a N20,000 fine for first traffic violation offenders and three years imprisonment or N30,000 fine for repeat offenders.

Magistrate O.Y. Adefope admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered both sureties must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payments to Lagos government.

Mr Adefope adjourned the case until November 2 for mention.


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