TRAFFIC TO PRISON: Legal tussle starts after Easter breakbreak
Mr. Gbenga Durojaye, the lawyer representing Mrs Yetunde Osijo, the woman detained in prison custody over traffic dispute between her and a Lagos Magistrate, Mrs Funke Sule-Hamzat, has said that he is preparing for a long drawn legal battle over the matter.
In a telephone chart, the lawyer told Vanguard that he was waiting for the April 4 date fixed for the case to be mentioned before Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias at the Ogba division of the Lagos State Magistrate’s Court.
He said he is not ruling out filing some processes to challenge the charges filed against Osijo as well.
Already, two different charges of careless driving and perversion of justice have been pressed by the police against Osijo over the traffic dispute.
Public opinion, however, say the magistrate was high-handed for instigating her remand in Kirikiri Prisons, when damages from traffic issues that do not involve loss of life are usually resolved by insurance companies to which every vehicle owner should subscribe.
Osijo was accused in charge No MIK/D/36/2016, tagged COP vs Osijo Gbadamosi Yetunde ‘F’, 32 yrs, which read in part: “That you, Osijo Gbadamosi Yetunde of 35, Ramlat Timson Street, Surulere, did attempt to pervert the cause of justice by escaping from the scene of crime after using your car, one Toyota Camry with number plates AKD 999CW to hit one Toyota Corolla, property of Mrs. Funke Sule-Hamzat and committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
“That you, being the driver of Toyota Camry drove same in a dangerous manner and cause damage to one Toyota Corolla, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 19(1)of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, 2012.”
The second charge, No. MIK/D/37/2016, read in part: “That you Osijo Gbadamosi Yetunde ‘F’ drove one Toyota Camry in a careless and inconsiderate manner, contrary to Section 18(1) of the Lagos State Traffic Law, 2012.”
She has since pleaded not guilty to all the offences.
Mr. Dipo Osijo, Yetunde’s husband, refused to speak further on the issue with Vanguard. He only said the matter is before the court and that it is only her (Yetunde’s) lawyer that can speak on it.
He, however, said the detention of his wife had caused her some psychological trauma, adding that, “she needs some rest now.”
Mrs Osijo was arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court on Monday, but was unable to perfect the bail condition, which eventually led to her detention in Kirikiri Prison. Vanguard gathered that she was released the following day, after she perfected the bail conditions.
She was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 and a surety.