Driver faces murder charge over Customs officer’s death

The police on Tuesday arraigned a 36-year-old driver, Abdullateef Ademola, before an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly driving recklessly on the highway and killing a Customs officer.

Ademola, a taxi driver, was arraigned before the court sitting at Iyaganku on a three-count charge of reckless driving, murder and causing injury to others.

The prosecutor, Inspector  Aliu Samad,  told the court that the accused  drove a Nissan Micra car with number plate BDJ 858 XA  in a dangerous manner.

The accused, Samad alleged, drove the car “having no regards for other road users and caused the death of one Eyong Wisdom of Nigeria Customs Service.”

He said the accused person also caused severe injury to one Ena Nsad of Nigeria Customs Service with the same car.

The offence was said to have been committed on January 1, 2014 at about 2.00 p.m. at Samonda area of Ibadan.

Samad said the offence contravened Section 4 (i) of the  Reckless and Dangerous Driving Act, Volume V  and section 3 (e) and 18 of  the Road Traffic Laws, Volume V, Cap 142 Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Olaide Amzat, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Amzat said one of the sureties must be a civil servant not lower than a Grade level 12 officer or a landed property owner.

He adjourned the case till January 27, 2014

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