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Bullion Van Driver Arraigned For Killing Motorcyclist

Ladi Kayode, Abeokuta

A driver of a bullion van Abayomi Komolafe, has been arraigned by the police for allegedly killing a 19- year- old motorcylist, in Abeokuta last Thursday.

The driver police said was driving the van that was hired by Union Bank of Africa,(UBA).

The accused was charged at Abeokuta Court for reckless driving which caused the man’s death.

It would be recalled that, the bullion van with registration number PF 281 SPY at about 10.30am killed the victim, identified as Gbenga Okesola at Oke-Ilewo area of Abeokuta.

However, the prosecutor, Sunday Eigbejiale,at the court said the 31- year old accused, Abayomi Komolafe committed the alleged offence on April 30 at about 10:30p.m. at Opic Roundabout in Abeokuta.

According to him, the accused who drove a Mercedes Benz bullion van, did that in a reckless and dangerous manner and caused the death of a 19-year-old man, Gbenga Okesola.

Eigbejiale added that the accused drove the vehicle without possessing the necessary documents such as drivers and vehicle License, Insurance and road worthiness certificate.

He submitted that the offences contravened Sections 18, 7 (1) 14 (1), 25 (2) (b) (p) of Road Traffic Law Vol 4 Laws of Ogun, 2006 and Section 31 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Third Party Insurance.

The accused whose plea was not taken by the court was represented by Isreal Shogbamu.

His counsel applied for bail of his client in liberal terms and assured the court that he would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Anthony Araba granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and ordered that the bullion van be retained in the court premises while adjourning the case to June 5, for further hearing of the matter. In a related development, Ogun State Government has condemned the killing of a motorcyclist by the driver of the bullion van of the commercial bank, describing the death as avoidable.

It also warned owners and operators of such vehicles that it would henceforth take punitive measures against any of them found to have breached minimum acceptable standard in their operations, as a deterrent to others.

Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa gave the warning yesterday in Abeokuta at a meeting with heads of Banks operating in the State under the aegis of Bankers’ Forum in his office.

According to the State Scribe, Government would not take it lightly with any operator of bullion vans who drive without adequate consideration for other motorists and road users saying that “Government places high premium” on the lives of residents of the State.

“We want you to note that the Government of Ogun State take serious exceptions to the conduct of your bullion van drivers, one of such that led to the death of the young man last Thursday. Henceforth, we will seriously take actions against against any such employee and the bank that fail to properly train such employee before they cause such havoc,” the scribe said.

Adeoluwa who restated that Government was not planning to ban commercial motorcycles popularly called okada, said Government would ensure that their operations were fully regulated and monitored.

In her contribution, the State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun challenged bankers to adopt a holistic approach to the menace of their drivers.

Responding, the Chairman of the Forum, Mr. Jubril Taiwo Hassan described the incident as unfortunate and promised that the bankers would fashion out ways of preventing a reoccurrence of such incidents.

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