Alleged manslaughter: Incident Leading to Charge of Involuntary Manslaughter Tragic, Dangote tells Court

The Group General Manager, Human Resources Department at the Dangote Cement Plc, Ahmed Gobir, has testified before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, that Elijah Shokoya, who is on trial for allegedly causing the death of a LASTMA official, had been working as a driver at Dangote Cement Plc. since 2012.

He also stated that Shokoya was a responsible and reliable employee, and the incident leading to the charge of involuntary manslaughter was a tragic accident.

The defence witness was being cross-examined by defence counsel, Mr Ebunola Ewonowu at the resumption of trial.

Shokoya had been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly running over a LASTMA officer, Mr Olawale Akinmade with an Opel car with Lagos registration number AAA 74 GG.

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The alleged incident occurred at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2021, on Ikorodu Road by Demurin Junction, Ketu, and Lagos State.

Shokoya was arraigned on June 23, 2021.

He, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N2.5 million and two sureties.

The defence counsel tendered copies of Shokoya’s appointment letter and terms of condition of service document as evidence, but the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions objected, stating that the copies were not original and not in accordance with Section 84 of the Evidence Act, 2011.

Following a request by the defence counsel for adjournment of the case, Justice Oyindamola Ogala adjourned the case until Nov. 20 for continuation of defence.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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