A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has scheduled the adoption of final written addresses for the Elijah Shokoya case on Feb. 1, 2024.
Shokoya is being charged with causing the death of a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer.
The presiding judge, Justice Oyindamola Ogala gave both defence and prosecution counsels until December 20, 2023, and January 20, 2024, respectively, to file and serve their respective final written addresses.
The court proceeded with the testimony of Mr Ahmed Gobir, Group General Manager of the Human Resources Department at Dangote Cement Plc. He identified a copy of the company’s terms and conditions.
During the trial, the defence witness, Mr Gobir, was questioned by the defence counsel, Mr Ebunola Ewonowu.
Ewonowu asked Gobir about the defendant’s employment status. Gobir responded that the defendant was part of a pool of employees who could be assigned to drive senior staff, either Nigerian or expatriate.
The Dangote Cement Group General Manager mentioned that they did not hire any driver without a valid driver’s license. Additionally, he claimed that there was no record of any accident involving the defendant, at least to his knowledge.
The Lagos State Prosecutor, Mr Ola Azeez, then asked the witness if he was present at the scene of the incident, to which he replied in the negative. Azeez also inquired if the witness had any knowledge of what happened at the scene of the incident, to which the witness replied that he did not.
Shokoya is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
He killed Mr Olawale Akinmade, an officer of LASTMA when he ran him over with a Lagos-registered AAA 74 GG Opel car.
The alleged incident took place on January 26, 2021, at 7:20 p.m. at Demurin Junction on Ikorodu Road in Ketu, Lagos State.
The first charges against Shokoya were filed on June 23, 2021.