Truck driver docked for manslaughter


A truck driver, Jimoh Oladipupo, was on Thursday docked before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly causing the death of a 16-year-old girl, Ebun Solomon.

The accused, 44, whose address was not provided, is facing a seven-count charge bordering on reckless driving and manslaughter.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ajayi Emmanuel told the court that the accused committed the offences on May 12 at Vono Junction, along Olateju Road, Mushin, Lagos.

Emmanuel said the accused drove a Mack truck with registration no. KSF 421 SM recklessly and hit a commercial bus with 14 passengers on board.

He said, “Oladipupo hit the bus from behind and immediately it somersaulted, resulting in the death of Ebun Solomon while other 13 passengers were seriously injured.’’

Emmanuel said the accused failed to report the accident at the police station and was about to escape when people at the scene apprehended him.

The offences contravened Sections 18, 19, 7, 23, 40, 45, of Road Traffic Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

Chief Magistrate Omolade Awope granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Awope said the surety should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions.

In addition, the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The case was adjourned until June 20 for hearing.