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Police arraigned woman for multiple manslaughter

A 45-year-old woman, Jane Umezeamama, was on Wednesday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly causing the death of three pedestrians.

Umezeamama, whose address was not given, is facing a three-count charge of dangerous driving, manslaughter and damage to property.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Rita Momah, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 30 at about 9: 31 p.m. along IIaje Road in Bariga, Lagos.

Momah said the accused drove her Land Rover Jeep with registration number LSR 676 DD on a one-way road and knocked down three pedestrians, who died instantly and injured six others.

“The accused caused the death of one Farouk Abubakar; 23, Juliana Obamara; 33, and Kuyoro Francis; 32 and also damaged two cars,” she said.

Momah noted that the offences contravened Sections 20, 27(1) and 28 of the Road Traffic Law of Lagos State, 2012.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 20 stipulates seven-year jail term for offenders.

The Magistrate, Mrs A.F. Adeeyo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to March 30 for mention.