The owner of the container-bearing truck which caused the death of three people under the Ojuelegba overhead bridge in Lagos on 2 September was arraigned before an Ebute Metta magistrate's court on Tuesday.
Mr. Kilani Ojo Adesanya, the truck owner, was slammed with a two-count criminal charge of giving out his truck to a driver without driving documents.
The 50-years old man, was alleged to have permitted the driver of the truck, Wasiu Adeleke, to drive his truck with registration number EPE 46 XK, without a valid driver's licence. He was also alleged to have given the truck to the driver to drive on the highway without MOT test certificate, road worthiness certificate, and vehicle licence issued in respect of the truck.
According to the prosecutor Barrister Godwin O. Osuyi, the alleged offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 36(1 &2) of Road Traffic Laws of Lagos state, 2012. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. His lawyer, Mr. W. O. Toriola, urged the court to grant him bail on self recognition.
He hinged the bail application on the premise that the accused is a senior citizen of the country without any previous criminal record.
The prosecutor did not oppose the bail application. However, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A. Folashade Botoku, queried the prosecutor, Barrister Osuyi, for not informing the court of the sister case, in which the driver of the truck was charged before the court, and for not asking for the consolidation of the two cases.
Consequently, the Chief Magistrate adjourned the matter till September 23 for ruling on the bail application. The driver of the truck, Wasiu Adeleke, was arraigned before the court last Friday on an 11-count charge of multiple manslaughter.
The driver pleaded not guilty to all thecharges. The Chief Magistrate adjourned till September 23 for ruling on his bail application.