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Truck driver docked for knocking down army corporal

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A driver, Tasiu Habibu, who allegedly knocked down an army corporal with his truck, on Wednesday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Habibu, 28, was brought before the court on charges bordering on reckless driving, driving without a valid licence and manslaughter.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the four counts preferred against him.

Insp. Oladele Adebayo, prosecting, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Aug. 16, at Alaba Bus Stop on Lagos – Badagry Expressway.

Adebayo said that Habibu, a driver in charge of a Mack truck with registration number GAK 302 XA, drove recklessly and caused the death of an army corporal.

He said that the defendant had knocked down Cpl. Akatobi Nkwagu, while riding his motorcycle on the highway, and also caused injury to a lady, Chidira Nnoram.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 19, 20, 22 and 26 of the Road Traffic Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr O.O. Olatunji, granted the defendant bail of N500,000 with two sureties each in the like sum.

Olatunji adjourned the case until Sept. 17 for mention.

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