Driver held over recklessness, woman’s death

The police on Wednesday arraigned a driver, Abdulfasasi Alumoko, who allegedly drove a car recklessly and killed a woman, in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Zuba.

The prosecution counsel, A. A. Otune, told the court the defendant, who resides in Gwagwalada area council of the FCT, drove his Toyota Sienna on the Lagos Park in Zuba and knocked down a motorcyclist with his passenger.

He further said Mrs. Shafaú Abdullahi, the passenger, sustained injuries as a result of accident and was rushed to Living Rock Hospital, Zuba, for medical attention.

The prosecution alleged that on November 6, the victim of the accident (Abdullahi) died while receiving treatment as a result of the accident.

The prosecution said the deceased has since been buried according to Islamic rights.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

The defence counsel, V. O. Obeje, applied for his client’s bail, pursuant to Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and Section 36 sub-section five of the 1999 Constitution.

He said the defendant was already on Police administrative bail and urged the court to exercise its discretion in favor of the defendant.

The prosecution counsel (Otune) did not object to the bail application.

In his ruling, the Magistrate A. A. Illelah, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in the like sum.

He ordered that the sureties must have reasonable address within the jurisdiction of the court.

Illelah adjourned the matter until January 13, 2020, for hearing. (NAN)

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