June 17, 2024

Lagos Bus/Train Collision: BRT driver to face 16-count charge of manslaughter

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has set up plans to prosecute Oluwaseun Osibanjo, the driver of the BRT bus that collided with a moving train in Lagos, with a 16-count charge of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

A statement signed on Friday by the Director of Public Affairs in the ministry, Grace Alo, said the horrific incident which involved staff of the Lagos State Government heading to work in the staff bus as well as passengers of the train, resulted in six fatalities.

“About 96 others are with various degrees of injuries and the injured victims are hospitalized across many government hospitals in the state,” Mrs Alo said.

Recall that on the morning of March 9, a staff bus collided with a train at the PWD railway crossing at Ikeja and the train dragged the bus with its passengers along the tracks until it came to a stop at Sogunle, a suburb of Ikeja.

“Upon the receipt and review of the case file by the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), a prima facie case of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm were disclosed against the driver of the Staff bus.

“Accordingly, he is to be charged with 6 counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of grievous bodily harm.

“Both offences are contrary to Sections 224 and 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” the statement read.

The statement added that the DPP office would immediately file charges against the driver.

However, his arraignment before the Ikeja High Court would be delayed until he is fully fit to stand trial, having sustained serious injuries during the accident.

(NAN)

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