Court Remands Man Who Drove BRT Into Moving Train


An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday remanded the driver of a Lagos State staff bus, Oluwaseun Osibanjo, for running the vehicle into a moving train, causing grievous harm and involuntary manslaughter to the passengers.

Justice Oyindamola Ogala ordered that Mr Osibanjo be remanded at the appropriate custodial centre, pending the filing and hearing of his bail application.

Mrs Ogala adjourned the case until 26 May for the commencement of trial.

Mr Osibanjo was arraigned on a 16-count charge bordering on involuntary manslaughter and grievous harm.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution, led by the Director of Public Prosecution, Babajide Martins, had asked the court for a trial date as well as for the defendant to be remanded in a correctional facility.

Mr Martins told the court that the defendant committed the offences on 9 March at about 7 a.m. on Shogunle Level Crossing, Ikeja.

He submitted that the defendant ignored warning signals and ran into an oncoming train and negligently killed one OreOluwa Aina, as well as Tolulope Emmanuel, Olayinka Rokosu, Ganiyat Salaudeen, Lasisi Isah and Victoria Dada.

The prosecution also alleged that the defendant inflicted grievous harm on Bolanle Ogunbunmi, Ayomide Shobowale, Sarah Adeleye, Abiola Olarewaju, Esther Ekundayo, Samuel Fagbola and Ismail Bakare.

Others, he said, were Ayuib Arowoye, Rilwan Abdulazeez and Shiyanbola Murtala.

According to him, the alleged offences contravened the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015

The defence counsel, Lekan Egberongbe, however, prayed the court to remand the defendant in police custody, due to his health reasons.

“The defendant was brought from the Federal Medical Centre Ebute-metta this morning my lord. I plead with the court while we await the trial date to allow him to be remanded with the police.

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