Lagos Train-bus accident: BRT driver to face 16-count charge of manslaughter

Lagos govt staff bus crushed by train

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has set up plans to prosecute Oluwaseun Osibanjo, the driver of the BRT bus that collided with a moving train in Lagos with a 16-count charge of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

It recall that on March 9, 2023, a Lagos staff bus collided with a train at the PWD railway crossing at Ikeja and the train dragged the bus with its passengers along the tracks until it came to a stop at Sogunle, a suburb of Ikeja.

According to a statement signed on Friday by the Director of Public Affairs in the ministry, Mrs Grace Alo, the horrific incident which involved Lagos State Government staff heading to work in the staff bus and passengers of the train, resulted in six fatalities.

The statement added that the Office of the DPP would immediately file charges against the driver.

“About 96 others are with various degrees of injuries and the injured victims are hospitalized across many government hospitals in the state.

“Upon the receipt and review of the case file by the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), a prima facie case of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm were disclosed against the driver of the Staff bus.

“Accordingly, he is to be charged with 6 counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of grievous bodily harm.

“Both offences are contrary to Sections 224 and 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” the statement read.

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