Driver bags eight months for traffic offence

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An Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday sentenced a commercial bus driver, Kamorudeen Raji, to eight months imprisonment for violating road safety rules.

Chief Magistrate Adebayo Lasisi said the FRSC was able to prove the charge of driving with worn out tyres preferred against the convict.

Lasisi was also convicted for driving without functional lights, reflectors and causing obstruction on the highway.

He was convicted on three counts out of the eight-count-charge preferred against him.

Lasisi, who sentenced the convict to eight months imprisonment, gave him an option of N5,000 fine.

Mr Oluwatodimu Bamisaye, the FRSC prosecutor, had told the court that the convict violated traffic rules on May 8, 2011, at about 10 a.m. on the Owode-Ilesa road in Osogbo.

Bamisaye said FRSC officials arrested the convict for almost knocking an official down and obstructing traffic with his vehicle.

He said that upon his arrest, it was discovered that the convict also violated other traffic regulations.

Bamisaye said the actions of the convict was contrary to sections 21(16), 10(4)(cc)(ee)(JJ)(a)(f)(v) and punishable under sections 21(1)(18), 10(9) and 27 of the FRSC (Establishment) Act 2007.

The defence counsel, Mr S.O. Popoola, begged the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client as he was a first time offender.

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