One George Augustine, a driver was on Friday arrested by the police from the Lagos State Police Command for alleged reckless driving, leading to the death of two customs officers on lawful duty.
Augustine was arraigned before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court where he was charged with manslaughter, reckless driving and driving without a driver’s licence.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
ASP Ikem Ukor, the Prosecution Counsel, while presenting the case to the court said the accused committed the offence on July 14, 2018, at about 9. 30 a.m. at Gbaji Village on Seme Badagry expressway, Lagos.
He said” the accused drove a green Toyota Avalon saloon car with registration number YAB 366 JY in a dangerous manner, having no regards for all circumstances including nature and the use of the highway.
”He drove in a dangerous manner, causing the death of U. Usman with service number No 45692, aged 39, and S. Kabir with 46807, aged 34.
”He was also driving without a valid driver’s licence on a public highway in a direction prohibited by road traffic law.
According to Ukor, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 19, 15 and 20 of RTA CAP. 124, Law of Lagos State.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Adekomaiya adjourned the case until March 18, for hearing, ordering that the sureties must be employed with means of identification.