LAGBUS Driver Docked For Manslaughter - P.M. News

LAGBUS Driver Docked For Manslaughter

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A driver with Lagos Bus Transport System (LAGBUS), Akinfenwa Ganiyu, has been arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Ojokoro, Lagos for allegedly causing the death of a pedestrian identified as Phillip Oyelapo, while driving.

Ganiyu was alleged to have on August 9, 2010 while recklessly driving a LAGBUS transit bus with registration number SX 532 AAA along Lagos-Abeokuta road, killed  Oyelapo.

P.M.News finds revealed that Oyelapo was a father of three children. His eldest child is about 11 years old.

The charge preferred against Ganiyu reads: “That you, Akinfenwa Ganiyu on August 9, 2010 at Salolo Bus Stop, along Lagos-Abeokuta, while driving on a public highway at about 9 p.m. killed one Phillip Oyelapo.”

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When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties.

The matter has been adjourned till September 9, 2010 for an advice from the director of public prosecution (DPP).

Counsel to the victim’s family, Bar. Keshi Elvis told P.M.News after the arraignment that initial effort to make the management of LAGBUS pay compensation to the deceased family proved abortive.

He threatened to file a civil action against LAGBUS to enable the victim’s family get compensation for the death of the bread winner.

—Henry Ojelu