Osun driver arraigned for causing six persons’ death


Bola Bamigbola , Osogbo
A 22- year – old truck driver, Muraina Taiwo , was on Tuesday arraigned before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for causing the death of six persons with his vehicle .
The accused was arraigned on two counts of driving without a heavy-duty permit and driving in a manner that caused death on a road .
The police prosecutor , Akintunde Jacob, explained that the crime was committed on November 16 , 2019, around 10 . 15 a . m . at the Steel Rolling area of Osogbo .
He said the accused drove a tipper lorry with number plate FST 597 XY without a heavy – duty permit and in a manner that led to the death of six persons .
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He gave names of the deceased as Suraju Abdulsalam , Olayiwola Shittu , Oyesakin Surulere , Abdullateef Azeez, Alabi Sayo and Kolawole Precious .
According to him , the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 18 and 27 of the Road Transport Act, Cap 485 , Laws of the Federation of Nigeria .
The counsel for the accused, Taiwo Awokunle, urged the court to admit his client to bail with an assurance that Muraina was ready to stand trial .
Awokunle also said the families of the victims and the National Union of Road Transport Workers’ leadership had decided not to press charges against his client .
The prosecutor did not object to the bail application but applied for the duplication of the case file and to be sent to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice .
Ruling on the application, Magistrate Taofiq Badmus , admitted Muraina to bail in the sum of N 500 , 000 and two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case till January 17, 2020 .
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