Driver arraigned for alleged manslaughter

A commercial bus driver allegedly caused the death of two persons by dangerous driving.

A Benin based commercial bus driver , Festus Odion, has been arraigned before an Ore Magistrate Court for allegedly killing two persons – Jonah Oloko and John Ukaegbu- by dangerous driving.

He was alleged to have killed the two men on January 5 , 2013 at about 3.00 p.m. at Asejire near Ore along the Benin –Ore Expressway.

According to the prosecution counsel, he allegedly drove dangerously and crashed into a J5 Peugeot bus with registration number ENUGU; SQ168 ENU , resulting to the death of the duo.

The accused, who was arraigned on a three –count charge of dangerous driving, causing the death of two men, and causing damage to the bus, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.

The offences, the prosecution said, are contrary to and punishable under section 6 and 6[1] of the Federal Highway Act and Cap FI3 Volume 111, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 respectively .

Prosecuting Police inspector, Sikiru Momoh, said that he has five witnesses to present in the case but only one was in court He, therefore, applied for an adjournment to enable him assemble the witnesses and properly study the case file

Not opposing to the adjournment application, counsel to the accused person, Uche Abangwu and Ikechukwu Ananuba, applied for the bail of their client in liberal term.

They argued that their client was not the actual cause of the accident in which three vehicles were involved, promising that the accused person will not jump bail.

The presiding Magistrate, Banji Ayeomoni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N750, 000 and one surety in like sum.

He ordered that the address of the surety be verified by the court clerk and details be recorded accordingly.

The case was adjourned till February 26, 2013.

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