A 48-year-old nurse has been remanded in Kirikiri Prisons for allegedly failing to pay for her trip via a commercial bus owned by the Lagos State Government it’s correct fare.
The nurse, Oduwole Taiwo, was said to have boarded the bus from Ikorodu to Ojota at about 4.15 p.m on July 10 but offered to pay N50 instead of N100.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Ihiehie Lucky, told the court that the accused committed the offence at Ketu Bus Stop.
He said an argument ensued between the accused and a LAGBUS ticketer over fare.
He said, “As the ticketer was collecting money from other passengers, she got to the accused and she brought out N50 to pay instead of N100.
“The conductor became angry and threatened that she would not be allowed her to disembark at her bus stop until she pays her bus fare.
“The driver tried to settle the matter and to his dismay, the accused left the ticketer and held the driver’s trouser on motion.
“The accused also unlawfully held the steering of the bus, causing the driver, Ogbogbo Gabriel, to lose control and in the process, the bus hit a BRT bus.”
The offences contravened Sections 166(1), (d) and 171 of The Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 166(1) provides a fine of N15, 000 or three months imprisonment or both for disorderly behaviour, while Section 171 stipulates three years for assault occasioning harm.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the two charges of disorderly conduct and assault occasioning harm.
The Magistrate, Ms. O. Sule-Amzat, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned to September 20.
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