27th March, 2012
For refusing to pay a toll of about N120 at the toll plaza along Lekki-Epe Expressway, Eti-Osa, Lagos, a driver, Rozer Oladimeji, 39, has been sentenced to one week imprisonment by an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria. However, he was given an option of N5,000 fine.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. A. A. Famobiwo, convicted him after he pleaded guilty to the 2-count charge of driving his vehicle in a reckless manner on the public high way and refusing to pay toll when it was demanded from him by toll collectors.
The police prosecutor Inspector Clifford Ogu, had told the court that Rozer, who resides at 81, Ilaje Road, Ajah, Lagos, on 18 March, 2012 at about 15:51 hours by the toll gate along Lekki-Epe Expressway in Eti Osa, Lagos, being the driver in charge of a Toyota 4-Runner SUVwith registration number LND 607 AC, drove same vehicle in a reckless manner on the public highway and refused to pay toll which he ought to have paid.
He said the convict recklessly drove his vehicle through Lane 12 EB without paying his toll and unknown to him the registration number of his vehicle was incidented.
On his return, as he drove through Lane 9EB, he was arrested by the toll gate officials and handed over to the police at Maroko Police Division.
Rozer’s offences are said to be contrary to Sections 18(1), 67(1) R.T.A Cap 124, Vol. 6 of Road Traffic Act and Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges when the prosecutor presented the facts of the matter before the court.
The magistrate, Mrs. A. A. Famobiwo, subsequently sentenced him to one week imprisonment with an option of N5000 fine.