Says it should be substituted with attempted murder

A Magistrate in Lagos, on Tuesday, expressed displeasure that the charge brought against an accused reckless driver was bailable.

Thirty-five-year-old commercial bus driver, Kabiru Olalekan, is facing trial on a charge of intent to kill a Deputy Superintendent of Police on duty, Felicia Asemota, by reckless driving.

However, Magistrate Martins Owumi was not impressed with the charge prepared by the prosecutor, Inspector Ekele Ignatius, and ordered that the charge against the accused be substituted with “attempted murder”.

?I am seriously disappointed with the drafting of this charge. It ought to have been a non-bailable offence. The charge should be substituted with an attempted murder,? he said.

?He is supposed to be remanded in prison and the file sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice. This will serve as a deterrent to other reckless road users.?

Earlier, Iganatius had told the court that the accused hit Asemota, who was attached to Area ?A?, Lion Building Command, and two vehicles, at Obalende area of the state last Friday, ?with intent to kill the officer?.

Olalekan pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail by the Magistrate.

Owumi granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum, and ordered that he produce original copies of his vehicle particulars as part of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned to September 11 for further hearing.

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