by Stanley Azuakola
A driver for Senator Ajayi Borrofice, Michael Agunloye, was last Friday arraigned before an Akure Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly killing a nurse, Mrs. Florence Olusori. Agunloye was actually driving a vehicle in the convoy of the senator when the incident happened.
According to the police, which arraigned him, Agunloye was driving dangerously on the Akure-Owo Expressway and in the process killed the 52-year-old nurse.
The charge preferred against the driver reads, “That you Michael Agunloye ‘m’ on August 29, 2012, at about 1630hrs along Akure/Owo Expressway, Akure, in Ogbese Magistrate district, being a driver in charge of an unregistered Nissan Titan V8 Pick-up van with inscription the ‘Pilot vehicle’ driven same on the public highway in a manner in which was dangerous to the public.
“With regard to the circumstance of the case, including nature, condition and use of highway and the amount of traffic which actually is at the time of which might reasonably be expected to be on highway and caused the death of one Mrs. Florence Olusori and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 and punishable under Section 18(1)RTL Cap 111 Vol.6 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria.”
The driver however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
His lawyer, Mr Michael Adeyemi, applied for his bail on liberal terms. Adeyemi told Chief Magistrate Adeusi Fatusin that since the incident, the accused has been on police bail and did not run away, hence he could always be counted on to produce him whenever the case comes up.
The police prosecutor, Mr John Zakari, urged the court to use its discretion in granting the bail.
In his ruling, Fatusin granted Agunloye N500,000 bail and one surety in like sum. He said the surety must have three years tax clearance and Certificate of Occupancy.
The case was adjourned to October 15.