Olusegun Ariyo

The Lagos State Government had in early hours of today (Monday) arraigned a speed-boat operator before a high court sitting in Ikeja over the death of twelve passengers while conveying them from origin to their destination.

Urban Express-News online had reported how some of the passengers who survived the incident narrates how the remaining twelve that could not survive got drowned after the wave of a ship sailing along the kirikiri waterfront made the boat made the speed-boat to capsize.

It was gathered 20 passengers boarded a speed-boat from the origin which happened to be kirikiri bay to Badagry as Destination, but while on the water-way, passengers disagreed with Elebiju, the boat operator after indicating that fare was N1,500 while some passengers insist paying N1,200, this was how the boat operator identified as Elebiju allegedly switched off the engine of the boat because of N300 disparity, as the wave escalated, drift the speed-boat and eventually capsized and drowned twelve passengers.

Elebiju, the speed-boat operator was however arraigned on 10 count charges, boarding on manslaughter before Justice Josephine Oyefeso as he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Director of public prosecution, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, told the court that two witnesses are present in court to testify against the defendant as the defence team led by Mr Ganiyu urged the court to adjourn the matter to prepare for trial, a decision the presiding judge obliged and adjourned the matter  till August 27, 2020, for the commencement of trial as she ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody   

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