By Dipo Olowookere
The lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has called on her colleagues to help seek justice for a hit-and-run accident victim, Mr Raji Idris.
At the plenary on Thursday, the legislator narrated that on May 13, 2021, along Olomi Road, Oluyole, Ibadan, the member of her constituency was knocked unconscious by an alleged drunk driver identified as Mr Dele Ayanjompe, who allegedly fled the scene afterwards, according to eye witness accounts.
According to her, the victim was taken to the Frontida Clinic where it was confirmed that he had suffered trauma to his brain and severe injuries.
She further stated that Mr Idris underwent extensive surgery to increase his chances of survival after which he remained in a coma for weeks.
The lawmaker informed members of the green chamber of the parliament that Mr Idris spent over N4.5 million as medical bills so as to get back to normal.
Mrs Akande-Sadipe said the matter was reported to the Sanyo Police Station, Ibadan, but expressed dismay that the suspect is getting off “too easy,” blaming the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) for this.
She alleged that the police officers have colluded with the driver to sweep the matter under the carpet, calling on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali Baba, to investigate the incident with a view to punishing those involved in the subjugation of the law.
“I am disturbed that while the victim battles for his life, the driver who hit him has been released by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Sanyo Police Station without any charges as the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sergeant Muritala has allegedly colluded with the driver,” she said at the plenary.
The lawmaker noted that the provision of Section 18(1) of the Road Traffic Act states that it is an offence for a person to drive a motor vehicle on a highway recklessly or negligently or in a manner dangerous to the public.
She also pointed at Section 343(1) of the Criminal Code, which states that “any person who rides a vehicle so rash or negligent as to endanger human life or to be likely to cause harm to another person is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for at least one year.”
The perturbed House of Representatives member, who doubles as the Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, wondered why the driver has not been charged to a court, for a magistrate to determine his innocence.
“Considering the law states that suspects in such cases be charged to court for a magistrate to determine his innocence or guilt and the applicable punishment is given, the Sanyo Police Station has violated the law and compromised the case by granting bail to the suspect without any charges under the premise that the victim’s father signed a bond not to press charges,” she said.
Mrs Akande-Sadipe, therefore, called on the House Committee on Police to ensure compliance by urgently investigating the matter such that the law is not subjugated to allow the suspect to go unpunished for his recklessness, endangerment of human rights and contravention of the law.
After presenting the motion, which was seconded by Mr Kolade Akinjo, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Ahmed Idris Wase, who presided over proceedings, mandated the Committee on Police to ensure that the police chief looks into the issue.
Akinwumi Adesina Turns Down Requests to Become Next Nigerian President
By Adedapo Adesanya
The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 presidential race in Nigeria.
Mr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday after months of calls for him to join the contest after a group bought the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him at the cost of N100 million.
In the statement, the banker emphasised that his current desire is to continue to hold the office of the president of the AfDB which he won reelection for last year.
However, he expressed appreciation for those who found him worthy of leading his country at this critical time it is undergoing different challenges ranging from economy, security and others.
“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.
“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.
“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” Mr Adesina added.
Less than two weeks ago, a coalition of 28 groups purchased the N100 million APC presidential forms for the former Agriculture Minister.
The coalition consists of groups such as the Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora, One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, and other civil society groups.
Sanwo-Olu Promises Justice for Sound Engineer David Imoh
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to ensure that the late Sound Engineer killed by a mob in the Lekki area of the state last week gets justice.
The Governor gave this assurance through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement issued on Monday night.
Last week, after boarding a commercial motorcycle, an argument ensued between Mr David Imoh and the okada rider over N100 and attracted other riders, who then lynched him.
There have been calls for justice for the deceased and in the statement today, the state governor said this would be done.
He condemned the mob attack and said the police are interrogating four suspects at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in connection with the incident, while two survivors of the act are in hospital.
According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the government will address the root cause of this and similar incidents, which have caused public anxiety, appealing to residents to remain calm as police continue to investigate the matter.
“Lagos has no room for savagery and anybody found to have been involved in this barbarism will surely face the law.
“We condemn and will not condone any kind of jungle justice, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement stressed.
N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government.
He was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday, May 16, 2022, after allegedly failing to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the issue.
In a statement issued on Monday night, the anti-money laundering organisation claimed that Mr Idris, through verified intelligence, “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”
“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” another part of the statement disclosed.
The AGF has been in the news lately over an audit report, which indicted some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government of fraud.
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