Court remands driver for allegedly causing death of LASTMA officer

Wed, Jun 23, 2021
By editor


AN Ikeja High Court on Wednesday ordered that a driver, Elijah Shokoya, who allegedly drove recklessly and caused the death of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), be remanded in correctional centre.

The Lagos State Government charged Shokoya with involuntary manslaughter.

He plead not guilty to the charge.

Justice Oyindamola Ogala, who gave the order, adjourned the case until July 14 for trial.

Earlier, the prosecution led by Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), said the the defendant caused the death of Mr Olawale Akinmade at 7.20p.m. on Jan. 26, on the Ikorodu Expressway by Demurin Junction, Ketu, Lagos.

Adeyemi said that the defendant mowed down Akinmade, a LASTMA official with his Opel Car with registration number AAA 74 GG.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 224 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 and is punishable under Section 229 of the same law,” she said.

Adeyemi asked for a trial date and requested that defendant be further remanded at the correctional facility.

The defence counsel, Mrs Abiodun Kolawale from the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) also requested for a short adjournment to present Shokoya’s bail application before the court. (NAN)

– June 23, 2021 @ 13:47 GMT|