July 21, 2024
Bus Driver Bags 12-Year Jail Term For Killing LASTMA Officer
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Bus Driver Bags 12-Year Jail Term For Killing LASTMA Officer

The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Thursday convicted and sentenced a commercial bus driver, Elijah Shokoya, to 12 years imprisonment for killing an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA).

Justice Oyindamola Ogala jailed Shokoya after holding that the prosecution, the Lagos State Government, had proven beyond reasonable doubt the one-count charge of manslaughter of the LASTMA officer, Olawale Akinmade, who died on Wednesday, January 27, 2012.

The Lagos State government accused the convict of knocking down Akinmade with a blue and black Opel space bus with number plate AAA 74 GG while controlling traffic, after which the LASTMA official was said to have suffered injuries to his head and body.

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The prosecution claimed that the tragic incident occurred at Demurin Street junction inwards Mile 12, area of Lagos contrary to Section 224 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and was punishable under Section 229.