Arotile: Driver, car owner arraigned, granted bail
About one month after Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile was killed in a crash at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna, the driver and owner of the driver that knocked her down have been arraigned by the police.
Arotile was killed on Tuesday July 14, 2020.
The driver and the vehicle owner were arraigned before a Kaduna Magistrate Court on four count charges of causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving without drivers licence and driving without authorisation of the owner, and one count charged of negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property.
The duo, Nehmiah Adejo and David Adejo, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, were however granted bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Benjamin, after hearing arguments from counsels of defendants, Nehmiah Adejo, David Adejo, and Prosecutor, DSP Martins Leo, granted a bail of N1 million to Nehemiah and David.
The Magistrate, who adjourned the case to 24 and 25 of August, ordered both defendants to produce two sureties each who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and are engaged in legal businesses and present a Bank Verification Number that corresponds with their information.
The prosecution counsel charged Nehemiah with a four- count charge of causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving without drivers licence and driving without authorisation of the owner.
He however pleaded not guilty.
Also David was charged with alleged negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property, an allegation he also denied.
The prosecution counsel had prayed the court allowed Nehemiah to be remanded, arguing there is pending investigation of culpable homicide against him.
However counsel to Nemiah, Aliyu Ibrahim Omachi, argued for a bail on the basis that he is a first time offender and has spent more than 4 weeks in detention.
Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile was killed in a road accident at the NAF Base in Kaduna and three suspects were subsequently arrested.