Police arraign corps member for reckless driving, crushing teenager to death

Osun State Police Command on Wednesday arraigned a 29-year-old serving Corp member, Odedele Feranmi, for reckless driving and alleged killing of a resident of the state.
The accused person was alleged to have driven in a reckless manner and caused the death of a 16-year-old boy, Olasunkanmi Pelumi, on January 4, 2019.
He was said to have killed the deceased in front of government office, Gbongan road, Osogbo, while coming from Ibadan to resume to his Place of Primary Assignment in Osogbo.
The Police prosecutor, Mr. Oladoye Joshua, said the accused person killed the deceased with his Honda car with registration number Lagos MUN 187 CU around 11.30am.
He said the alleged offence contravened the provision of section 81(1) Cap 115, Vol 6, Laws of Osun State, 2003.
Counsel to the accused person, Mr. Bola Abimbola-Ige, urged the court to grant his client bail in a liberal term, promising that he would not jump bail.
He said the accused is still presumed to be innocent in accordance with Section 36(5) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria, and the provision of Section 118(2) of the criminal procedure law of Osun State.
The Counsel urged the court to exercise its discretional power in favour of the accused person by releasing him on bail pending his trial.
The accused told the court, upon Magistrate inquiry, that he was expected to resume to his PPA on Monday January 7, in Osogbo. He said he was coming from Ibadan where he lives, before the incident happened.
Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara who was reluctant in granting the accused bail, said he has never had a terrible experience of such in his life.
He said “the accused person is reluctantly granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Magistrate Ayilara said the sureties must be residence within the state and the car of the accused be moved to the court so that he can stand his trial.
He said the father of the accused should drop three passport photographs and sign undertaken before the court.
The Magistrate thereby adjourned the matter to January 30, 2019 for mention.
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