…As drunk man steals tractor, causes €100,000 worth of damage in Germany***
A drunk bus driver, Muyideen Bello, 23, on Tuesday appeared in an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun, for alleged reckless driving and killing an 18-year-old pedestrian.
The police charged Bello, whose address was not provided, with two counts of manslaughter and reckless driving.
The prosecution counsel, Insp Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan.1, at about 10.30 p.m. opposite Ecobank, Joju area, along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Mustapha alleged that the defendant drove a Mazda bus with registration number EKY 363 XS in a reckless and dangerous manner under the influence of alcohol and killed an 18-year-old pedestrian.
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The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 5 and 6(1) of the Federal Highway Act Cap 135,Laws of Federation, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Chief Magistrate O.L.Oke admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in the sum.
Oke ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.
The magistrate adjourned the matter until Feb. 18 for further hearing.
In another development, a drunk man in Germany stole a tractor and caused damage worth almost 100,000 euros, German police said early Tuesday.
The 23-year-old from Radevormwald in the western German state of North Rhine Westphalia told police he was walking around after a drinking spree on Monday night when he noticed the tractor.
He stole the tractor, which was fitted with a four-metre-wide snow plough, and set off, leaving behind what police called a wave of devastation.
At around 7 pm (1800 GMT) police received a report that a tractor with a snow plough had damaged a parked car and left the scene, further reports followed.
The tractor was found abandoned in a supermarket car park with the driver nearby.
He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs, Police took him into custody.
So far, investigations show that he damaged five cars, the facade of a house, a fence and a garage.
Some of the damage was considerable, police said.
Police also mentioned a collision with a Volkswagen bus. It’s driver sustained minor injuries and the bus itself was severely damaged.
Additional report from dpa