31-year-old bullion van driver, Abayomi Komolafe who reportedly killed a cyclist last week in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital was yesterday arraigned before an Abeokuta Magistrate Court for reckless driving and manslaughter.
Komolafe was driving the van reportedly hired by Union Bank of Nigeria when the vehicle hit a 22-year-old motorcyclist later identified at Gbega Okesola and killed him on the spot last Thursday.
Arraigning the suspect yesterday, the Police Prosecutor, Sunday Eigbejiale told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on April 30 about 10:30pm at OPIC Roundabout in Abeokuta.
According to him, the accused, who drove a Mercedes Benz bullion van with Reg. No. PF 281 SPY drove the vehicle in a reckless and dangerous manner and caused the death of Okesola.
Eigbejiale added that the accused drove the vehicle without possessing the necessary documents such as drivers and vehicle license, Insurance and road worthiness certificate, amongst others.
The accused whose plea was not taken by the court was represented by Barr. Israel Shogbamu who applied for the bail of his client in liberal terms and assured the court that he would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Anthony Araba granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and ordered that the bullion van be retained in the court premises.
The case was however adjourned till June 5 for further hearing on the matter.
Meanwhile, Ogun State Government has condemned the killing of the motorcyclist by the driver of a bullion van describing the death as avoidable.
The government also warned owners and operators of such vehicles that it would henceforth take punitive measures against any of them found to have breached minimum acceptable standard in their operations, as a deterrent to others.
Secretary to the State Government, Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa gave the warning yesterday in Abeokuta at a meeting with heads of Banks operating in the state under the aegis of Bankers’ Forum in his office.
In her contribution, the State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun challenged the bankers to adopt a holistic approach to addressing the menace of their drivers.
Responding, the Chairman of the Forum, Mr. Jubril Taiwo Hassan described the incident as unfortunate and promised that the bankers would fashion out ways of preventing a recurrence.

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