Truck driver allegedly kills prison officer at Kirikiri

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A 42-year-old truck driver, Mohammed Suleiman, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court for allegedly causing the death of a prison officer attached to Kirikiri Prison.

Suleiman is facing a two-count charge of careless driving and manslaughter.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Adeniyi Balogun, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 25, 2019 at about 7:35pm along Dillion Street, Kirikiri Town, Kirikiri.

“The defendant being the driver in charge of one Mack Truck with registration number APP 392 XW drove same on the public highway in a manner which was reckless and dangerous to the public. Having regard to the circumstance of the case including the nature, condition and used of the highway code which caused the death of one Paul Mbamba, aged 54 years, a Prison Officer attached to Kirikiri Prison by knocking him down,” Balogun said.

The prosecutor also said that the defendant drove carelessly and inconsiderately.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 20 and 36 (1 & 2) of the Road Traffic Act, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2012.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Magistrate T.R Oladele granted him N500,000 bail with two sureties each in like sum. She ordered that the case file be forwarded to Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The Magistrate adjourned the case till August 15, 2019 for mention.