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Danfo driver sentenced to one year jail term for stabbing LASTMA official

A commercial bus driver, Kenneth Anyanwu, has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by a Lagos State Mobile Court sitting in Oshodi, for stabbing a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), official, Olanrewaju Yusuf.

Magistrate F.O. Ikobayo convicted Anyanwu following his plea of guilty to a two-count charge of assault and breach of peace. She sentenced him to one year imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.

The magistrate also ordered the convict to pay N80,000 for Yusuf’s medical bills. Anyanwu committed the offence on April 26, on Ikorodu Road near Palm Grove Bus Stop, inward Onipanu.

Earlier, Anyanwu pleaded for mercy.

His counsel, Olabode Ifeoluwa, urged the court to sentence Anyanwu to community service.

Ifeoluwa said: “It has been difficult for Anyanwu to feed his family; his three children are currently out of school because there is no money to pay their fees. The court should consider the family. We plead with the court to temper justice and he will pay the full cost of the hospital bills.”

But prosecution counsel, Miss A. Arigbabu, opposed him.

She said:

“He cannot injure an official and go free. It would be a scandal for him to be given community service for injuring an official. The court should not be sentimental when a person does something that is grievous and thinks he can get with it. Yusuf spent roughly N80,000 on the hospital bills, his uniform was torn and his phone was missing, his bleeding was excessive. The vehicle will be released after all the payments have been made.”

According to the charge, Anyanwu conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace and also assaulted a law enforcement officer while in discharge of his lawful duty.

The court heard that Anyanwu committed the offence on April 26, on Ikorodu Road near Palm Grove Bus Stop, inward Onipanu.

Yusuf attempted to arrest Anyanwu for picking passengers at undesignated bus stops between Obanikoro and Palm Grove. But Anyanwu resisted. He picked a broken bottle and aimed for Yusuf’s neck, but Yusuf raised his hand to parry the blow and was slashed in the process.

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