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BRT driver in court for allegedly killing 3 pedestrians in Lagos


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A 48-year-old Bus Rapid Transit, BRT driver, Bohan Abiodun, on Monday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged reckless driving and causing the death of three pedestrians.

The police charged Abiodun, whose residential address was not given with reckless driving and manslaughter.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, alleged the defendant recklessly drove a BRT bus with registration number: 0102178 and caused the death of three pedestrians.

Ayorinde told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Sept. 30 about 3.40 a. m. on the BRT Lane,  on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Iyana-Ipaja in Lagos.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 51 and 52 of the Road Traffic Laws of Lagos State, 2018.

Chief Magistrate O.A. Olayinka admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N750, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Olayinka ordered that the sureties who must be gainfully employed, must provide evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and their addresses verified.

She adjourned the case until Nov. 30 for hearing.


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