By Stanley Onyekwere
A truck driver, Zubairu Haruna, 29, have been arraigned before
a Chief Magistrate court sitting at Karu in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), for allegedly causing the death of a mother of four children, late Taiwo Ohunenese, in ghastly auto crash 2018.
Haruna, formerly with a construction firm, Zebreced Nig limited Kubwa Abuja, was involved in a fatal multiple truck accident, in March 2018 that led to the death of mother of four, including three other persons in Nyanya.
According to the Police First Investigation Report, “ On the 9th March, 2018 at about 1000hrs along Nyanya /Maraban High way Opposite NNPC station Nyanya Abuja, there was initial minor vehicle accident which involved a Toyota corolla with Reg No BWR 446 AA driven by late Taiwo Ohunenese of House 8 , Ameh Obom street, Works and Housing, Gwarinpa Abuja, and Howo Sinotruck with Reg No ABJ 457 XN driven by One Yahuza Rabo of Zebreced Nig limited Kubwa Abuja.
“In the process of resolving themselves, another How Sinotruck with Reg No ABJ 462 XN driven by one Zubairu Haruna of Zebreced Nig limited Kubwa Abuja also lost control a d hit the said Toyota and eight other vehicles. As a result of the accident, the said Taiwo Ohunenese and three others all males died on the spot.”
It was gathered that the case was first mentioned in the court presided over by the Chief Magistrate , Emmanuel A. Iyanna, on Monday, March 20, 2020, and after the accused entered a no-gilty plea was adjourned to a later date, to enable the court hear his bail application.
At the hearing of the written bail application on Tuesday, the prosecutor, Barrister Stanley Ifeanyi Nwafoaku, urged the court to refuse the defendant bail, given the character of the defendant and severity of the case.
He argued that the defendant who was hitherto granted adminstrative bail, which he jumped, until he was tracked and rearrested and brought before the court for prosecution, if granted bail may likely invade trial.
On his part, the counsel for the defendant, Denis Okechukwu Agbo, who argued that it was bailable offence, because the matter happened as a result of an accident, urged the court to graciously grant the accused bail, pending the conclusion of the trial of the case in the court.
He add: “It’s just the defendant was sick , he was having some neck injury, and that resulted to him not being here, until he was re-arrested .
“It was not that he was running, as the Police gave him adminstrative bail sometime in 2018 when the incident occurred.
“Since after that accident he has lost his job, and he is not doing anything now, because of his neck injury.”
In his ruling, the Magistrate said that here is no evidence that the defendant jumped bail, therefore the prosecution failed to proof why the court should refuse the defendant bail.
He consequently granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000.00 and two sureties in like sum, with a veritable means of identification, who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court, before adjourning the case to August 17, 2020 for hearing proper.
Reacting to the development, Barrister Abayomi Akeremale, who watched brief for the victim’s family, said they are going to make sure that all the relevant documents brought before the court, to make sure that justice is done.
According to him, “Justice is not only for the living, it’s also for the dead, whose soul from the grave is crying out for justice. That’s why we are alive to make sure there is justice.”