Monarch’s driver docked over Ondo Deputy Governor convoy auto crash, granted bail

Driver of the ill-fated vehicle that rammed into the convoy of the Deputy Governor of Ondo state, Akeem Bakare was yesterday arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court siting in Idanre, Idanre local government area of the state. The 30- year old driver of Obamuare of Ife Titun, Osun State, Oba Taofeek Olaposi was charged with reckless and dangerous driving. Bakare, reportedly drove the Toyota Camry saloon car with plate number, OBAMUARE OF IFETUNTUN, belonging to the Monarch which crashed into the convoy of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi and other vehicles. The incident which occurred on February 1 near Aponmu village along Akure-Ondo road killed all family members of the chairman of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akure Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alex Akinwale. The late journalist, his wife, Kehinde, daughter, Pauline and their house maid, Bose were all killed in the road mishap. Testifying before Chief Magistrate Veronica Bobmanuel, it was alleged that the driver drove recklessly, leading to the death of four persons. The Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Omolayo Olusegun has raised a two-count charge punishable under the Ondo state Laws against the defendant. She alleged that the charges brought against Bakare was punishable under Section 18 of the Road Traffic Laws, Cap 3, Volume 6, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006. The prosecutor however urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody, while preparing the duplicate of the case file for an onward transfer to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ministry of Justice for legal advice. But the counsel to the accused person, Henry Orumen, asked the court to grant him bail, describing the charges as bailable offence. Bobmanuel however granted Bakare bail with the sum of N1m and two sureties who must be at least level 15 civil servants in Ondo or Osun states, while the case was adjourned till March 19 for mention.


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