Bus Driver Jailed 12yrs For Killing Lastma Officer

Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court has convicted and sentenced a commercial bus driver, Elijah Shokoya, to 12 years imprisonment for killing an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency.

Justice Ogala jailed Shokoya after holding that the Prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt the one-count charge of the manslaughter of the LASTMA officer, Olawale Akinmade, who died on Wednesday, January 27, 2012.

The judge held, “The prosecution has established beyond reasonable doubt that the deceased died, that the unlawful acts of the defendant caused the death of the deceased and that the acts of the defendant which eventually caused the death of the deceased were with the knowledge that injury or grievous bodily harm was the probable consequence.”

The Lagos State government accused the convict of knocking down Akinmade with a blue and black Opel space bus with number plate AAA 74 GG while controlling traffic, and he suffered injuries to his head and body.

The prosecution, which claimed that the tragic incident occurred at Demurin Street junction inwards Mile 12, stated that the offence violated Section 224 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and is punishable under Section 229.