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ASUU: Court sentences Iyayi's killer driver to 7 years imprisonment.

A Magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja has sentenced the dangerous driver, Danladi Baba, who drove recklessly and killed the former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Festus Iyayi in a road traffic crash on the Lokoja- Abuja Highway, to seven (7) years imprisonment without an option of fine.

This was contained in the statement by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi kazeem, on Friday in Abuja.

He said the ruling took place at a Chief Magistrate Court 11 sitting in Lokoja where the case was originally instituted in Cop v Danladi Baba SMCM/CR76/2014 case file.

The Chief Magistrate, U. Hussain who presided over the court lamented the rate of recklessness on the Nigerian roads and cautioned other road users who might tread the same route like Danladi, on the position of the law over Dangerous driving and other lawlessness exhibited on the roads.

Professor Iyayi, the famous winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Literature, who was born in 1947 in Ugbegwu, Ishan in Edo state was killed in a motor accident on his way to the National Executive Meeting of ASUU in the company of Dr Anthony Monye-Emina and two others in continuation of negotiation with the federal government.

Bisi Kazeem who spoke on behalf of the Corps said that the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi applauded the Judiciary for ensuring that families of victims of road traffic crashes get necessary justice for the loss of their loved ones.

Oyeyemi, therefore, assured the public that erring drivers will now face appropriate sanctions and further urged the motoring public to always abide by established rules and desist from any act that will lead to loss of lives on our roads.

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Publication:Nigerian Tribune (Oyo State, Nigeria)
Date:Feb 23, 2018
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