A driver in a Dangote Cement Factory, Serif Adebayo, was on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos for causing the death four passengers after driving into and crushing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
Twenty-five years old Adebayo was arraigned on a four count charge of involuntary manslaughter contrary to Sections 224 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 before Justice Sherifat Solebo
The truck driver, the prosecutor, Yakubu D. Osuala, told the court that the offence was committed on August 27, 2019 around Majidun, along Ikorodu road, Lagos.
According to Osuala, Adebayo unlawfully killed four people while driving truck marked KNC178XA recklessly, rammed into a BRT Bus with registration number LSR 228XS, killing four occupants of the ill-fated vehicle, namely Samuel Apochi (M), Adenike Ismail (F), Sunday Balogun (M), and Augustine Isaac (M).
The charge sheet reads: “That you, Adebayo (M) on 27 August, 2019 at about 9.30 hours did unlawfully kill one Samuel Apochi (M), Adenike Ismail (F), Sunday Balogun (M), Augustine Isaac (M), by driving your truck with Reg No. KNC178XA dangerously and recklessly, thereby hitting the deceased persons inside the BRT bus with Reg No. LSR 228XS”.
The defendant pleaded not guilty after the charge were read to him in English and translated to Yoruba.
In view of the defendant’s not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a date for trial.
Justice Solebo adjourned the matter to November 26, 2019 for trial after the defendant made a plea of “not guilty”.