An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court has remanded a 48-year-old nurse, Oduwole Taiwo at Kirikiri prisons till her bail conditions are met for allegedly defrauding a Lagos commercial bus owned by Lagos State Government (LAGBUS), by failing to pay the correct fare.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, had granted the accused bail in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Taiwo, who lives at Lucky Fiber Road, Ikorodu, had pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of disorderly conduct and assault occasioning harm.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Ihiehie Lucky told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 10 at Ketu Bus Stop. He said there was an argument between the accused and a LAGBUS ticketer over the fare.
According to the prosecutor, the accused boarded the bus from Ikorodu to Ojota at about 4.15 p.m. and was expected to pay N100 instead of N50 she offered to pay.
“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,” he told the court.
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 case was adjourned to Sept. 20.