Men of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of Lagos State Police Command, Panti-Yaba, yesterday arraigned the driver of the truck whose container fell and killed three people at Ojuelegba on September 2, 2015, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, for multiple manslaughter.
The truck driver, Wasiu Adeleke, was arraigned before the court on 11- count charge bordering on gross negligence, reckless disregard for human life, dangerous driving, driving in public highway without valid driver license and a valid MOT Test Certificate, road worthiness certificate, vehicle license and unlawful damage.
In the charge the police read in the court, it was alleged that the 31 years old drove a truck with the registration Lagos EPE 46 XK, carrying a 20 feet container loaded with iron doors, and white cement was responsible for the dead of three persons namely Abubakar Sule, 52; Umaru Sulaiman, 46; and Kamilu Umaru, 28.
He was also accused of unlawful damage of a Toyota Corolla car marked Lagos LSD 532 CN, valued N2 million, belonging to Sumaila Marksman; and another Nissan Sunny car marked Lagos SHE 750 LND, valued N600,000,00, belonging to Mr. Joseph Ajayi.
The offences, according to the Prosecuting Police Officers, Godwin Osuyi and Inspector Chinalu Uwadiowe, are contrary to and punishable under sections 222(2), 249(1)(a) of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011. And sections 20, 111,number 1; 111 number 10, 11 and 12; and 19 of the Lagos state Road Traffic Laws of 2012.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to all count charges, while his lawyers, Mr. Ola Ogunbiyi and Mrs. Beauty Otigi, urged the court to admit bail to their client in a very liberal term.
However, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A. F. O. Botoku, ordered that the truck driver be remanded in prison, pending when ruling on the bail application will be delivered.
The case was adjourned till September 23.

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