An Abuja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday sentenced a driver, Olanrewaju Adekunle of Karimo in the FCT to one month imprisonment for causing accident through reckless driving.
The Police Prosecutor, Mr Buba Irimiya, told the court that on July 30, one Yakubu Isa of Kubwa, Abuja, reported the case at the Wuse Police Station.
Irimiya said the accused drove a car with registration number ES927APP along the Nnamdi Azikwe Express way without due care and attention and having no regards to other road users.
The prosecutor said that as a result of the reckless driving, the accused damaged the complainant’s Golf vehicle, with registration number ABC 956 AA.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 28 and 29 of the Road Traffic Act.
The accused pleaded guilty, describing his action as a mistake.
“The Golf car was parked at Zone 7 Motor Park but immediately I drove close to him, he started moving and I could not control myself at the time I got to his side.
“I was unconscious in the hospital for days and spent all the money I had on hospital bill, that was why I could not repair his damaged vehicle.
The Magistrate, Mr Musa Jobbo, said that the accused appeared remorseful but must be punished to prevent him from causing more havoc to other road users.
Jobbo sentenced him to one month imprisonment with an option of fine of N1,000.
He also ordered that he should pay for the cost of the damaged vehicle.