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Lagos charges bus driver in train collision

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The Lagos State government has filed a 16-count charge of manslaughter and grievous body harm against Oluwaseun Osibanjo, the driver of the ill-fated BRT Lagos Secretariat staff bus that collided with a train on March 9th at the PWD railway crossing in Ikeja. The collision resulted in six fatalities and approximately 96 others with various degrees of injuries.

The driver was apprehended and handed over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution by the state. Following an investigation, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) recommended that the driver be charged with six counts of manslaughter and ten counts of grievous body harm.

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice issued a statement updating the public on the incident, indicating that the trial of the driver would commence in court once he is discharged from the hospital. The charges are contrary to Sections 224 and 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The tragic train collision resulted in significant loss of life and injuries, and the Lagos government is taking legal action to hold the bus driver accountable for his actions.

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