CITY NEWS Mo­torist hits pedes­trian Court or­ders flog­ging of man for steal­ing waste bin on Kubwa ex­press­way

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Taiwo Adeniyi

Apedes­trian try­ing to cross the Kubwa ex­press­way was knocked down dead by a mo­torist on Tues­day.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 10p.m., a po­lice source said.

The source said the de­ceased, Lawal Mo­hammed, died on the spot while the driver of the ve­hi­cle was ar­rested by the po­lice.

The Gwar­inpa Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, CSP Nu­rud­deen Sabo, said the corpse was de­posited at the Kubwa Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

“A fast mov­ing Mazda bus with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, XA 855 SML, driven by one Mos­hood knocked down the pedes­trian. He died on the spot,” he said.

He said the driver, dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said he did not kill the pedes­trian.

“The sus­pect said he only hit the pedes­trian while a Jeep com­ing from be­hind ran over him,” Sabo said.

He said the driver was in cus­tody and would be pros­e­cuted. A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja, yes­ter­day, or­dered that 20-year-old Nasiru Mo­hammed, be given six strokes of the cane for steal­ing a waste bin.

Mo­hammed of Jabi Park, Abuja, was ar­raigned on a twocount charge of joint act and theft.

The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, con­victed Mo­hammed as he ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Dal­hatu Zan­nah, had told the court that one Michael John of Haruna Street, Utako, Abuja, re­ported the mat­ter at the Utako Po­lice Sta­tion on Aug. 7.

Zan­nah said that on the said date at about 7:30 p.m. at Utako, the con­vict and one other per­son now at large, in­ten­tion­ally and crim­i­nally stole a waste bin kept in front of the com­plainant’s house.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tor, the of­fence con­tra­vened sec­tions 79 and 288 of the pe­nal code.

The pros­e­cu­tor said that the con­vict ad­mit­ted to com­mit­ting the of­fence dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

Fol­low­ing the plea of the con­vict, the pros­e­cu­tor prayed the court to try him sum­mar­ily, un­der Sec­tion 347 of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Crim­i­nal Jus­tices Act, 2015. (NAN)

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