An Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos has sentenced a 39-year-old man, Rozer Oladimeji, to a week imprisonment for refusing to pay at the Lekki-Epe Expressway toll gate.
Oladimeji drove a red Toyota Jeep with number plate LND 607 AC about 3:51pm on March 18 and refused to pay the compulsory N120 toll.
The accused sped past the toll collection point of the expressway before the bar blocked the way after a vehicle had passed.
He was however apprehended later in the day around 8.10pm when he was returning by toll officers and security operatives on the outward bound lane of the expressway
The charge sheet read in part, “That you, Rozer Oladimeji, at about 3.51pm at the Toll Plaza, on Lekki-Epe Expressway, Eti Osa Local Government Area, drove a Toyota Jeep and refused to pay the toll when it was lawfully demanded from you.
“That you, Oladimeji, drove the vehicle in a reckless manner on a public highway.”
Oladimeji was charged with two counts of reckless driving and refusal to pay a lawful toll to which he pleaded guilty.
Police prosecutor, Mr. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence contravened sections 18(1) and 67(1) Cap 124 Vol. 6 of the Road Traffic Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
Magistrate A. A. Famobiwo found Oladimeji guilty as charged and sentenced him to a week imprisonment.
Famobiwo, however, gave him an option of N5, 000 fine.