…As 2 men face trial over alleged N250,000 snooker table fraud***
A hit-and-run driver on Tuesday killed a woman near Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, while she was trying to cross the Onitsha-Awka road, the newsmen report.
Mr Andrew Kumapayi, State Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Awka, said that the incident occurred “around 9.20 a.m.”
“According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred around 9:20 a.m. They said the vehicle was speeding and fled after knocking the woman down.
“The vehicle zoomed off, leaving the victim who was rushed to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha by the FRSC rescue team where doctors confirmed her dead,” he said.
The FRSC official warned motorists against speed limit violation, urging them to drive safely and stay safe during the ‘Ember’ months.
He also advised pedestrians to be safety conscious when using the road.
“The best advice we give them is to always use the pedestrian bridges where available, to avoid accidents,” he said.
In the meantime, two men, Chukwusom Ezeibe, 35, and Abube Ogbu, 25, were on Tuesday brought before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly buying a sub-standard snooker table for a customer.
The duo, whose addresses were not provided, are being tried on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences and breach of public peace.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at No. 104, Western Avenue, Surulere.
Osayande said the defendants collected N250, 000 from one Odunayo Ayeni on the pretext that they would buy a quality snooker table for him.
She said that the defendants tricked and defrauded Ayeni, having delivered a poor quality snooker table for the amount they collected.
The prosecutor said that the defendants breached public peace after they started a fight when Ayeni complained about the quality of the snooker table.
He said that the offences contravened Sections168 (d), 323 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The newsmen report that Section 411 stipulates two years jail term for conspiracy.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adewale Ojo, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N250, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Ojo adjourned the case until Dec. 14 for mention.