18 July 2012

Nigeria: Commercial Motorcyclist Lands in Prison Over Non-Use of Helmet

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Motorists stranded in traffic jam.

An Osogbo Senior Magistrates' Court on Wednesday remanded in prison one Kehinde Ajibade for riding a motorcycle on the highway without safety helmet.

The prosecutor, Insp. Solomon Oladele, also alleged that the accused on Monday at about 3:30 pm at Igbona Market rode an unregistered motorcycle on the highway without drivers' licence.

Oladele told the court that the offences contravened Section 4 and was punishable under Section 25 (1) (i) of the State Road Traffic (Amendment ) Law, 2008.

The accused, who was not represented by a counsel, pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him.

Senior Magistrate Olusola Aluko ordered the accused to be remanded in Ilesa prison till Aug. 23 to get the facts of the case.

Similarly, a 20-year-old, Charles Oyejide, was also arraigned before Aluko for assault and breach of public peace.

The accused allegedly committed the offence on July 14 around 1:00 pm at Kasmo area of Oke-Baale, Osogbo.

Oyejide was alleged to have assaulted one Kazeem Olabiyi by hitting him in the eyes, an act which contravened the State Penal Code.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The defence counsel, Mr Nurudeen Sanusi, pleaded for bail of his client on liberal terms, promising that the accused would provide a credible surety.

Aluko upheld the plea by granting the accused bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in like sum.

He added that the surety should provide two passport photographs, swear to an affidavit of means and show evidence of tax payment.

Aluko adjourned the case to Aug. 7 for hearing.

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