Driver jailed 40 months for causing soldier’s death

The gavel of justice

The gavel of justice

A Jos Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday sentenced a truck driver, Sani Abubakar, to 40 months imprisonment for driving recklessly and causing soldier’s death.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Jovita Binjin, sentenced 40-year-old Abubakar, after he pleaded guilty to the crimes but pleaded for leniency.

“I hereby sentence you to 32 months imprisonment for the offence of reckless driving or an option of N28, 000 fine, and eight months imprisonment for the offence of causing death or an option of N8, 000 fine,’’ Binjin said.

Abubakar, a resident of Tudun Alaranma, Madawaki Ward, Doma L.G.A. of Nasarawa, was charged with reckless driving and causing death.

The driver had told the court: “I did not do it intentionally; my brakes failed me while I was approaching a very busy road.

“I tried to control the car and avoid oncoming traffic but couldn’t. Have mercy on me.’’

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Thomas Amuku, submitted that the driver was arrested on June 29 over reckless driving and causing the death of Cpl. Abubakar Hassan, who was riding a motorcycle.

Amuku said that the driver drove a truck with Reg. No. DKD 62 XA in a reckless manner on the Zaria Bye Pass by the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos.

He said that the recklessness resulted in an accident involving two cars, four tricycles and a Hassan’s motorcycle.

He submitted that the Hassan was attached to 53 Division, Army Barracks, Rukuba, Bassa L.G.A.

Amuku said that one of the tricycle riders identified as Mr Ishosu Shie, residing at Dogon Karfe, Jos, sustained injuries and was rushed to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital for treatment.

The prosecutor noted that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 27 and 29(1) of the Road Traffic Act.