An Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State , on Friday sentenced two drivers to 60 hours of community service for obstructing road traffic and reckless driving on Ikorodu highways.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.B. Olagbegi, sentenced the drivers after they had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of traffic offence.
The convicts, Musiliu Akanji, 54, and Ibukun Oyewole, 32, who reside at Ikorodu Garage area of Ikorodu, allegedly drove their vehicles recklessly on the highways without regard for other road users.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convicts were immediately given cutlasses to cut the overgrown grasses within the court premises.
Olagbegi said, “You are hereby sentenced to 60 hours of community service for both offences committed.
“I advise you to desist from future-like offences as you may not go off the hook next time you repeat such offences.”
Earlier, the defendants’ counsel, Mr Adebowale Aromolaran, had pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that his clients had told the court the truth.
Prosecutor Mary Ajiteru had told the court that the convicts drove their buses recklessly and parked dangerously on the highways.
“The first defendant, Akanji, drove a Tata Luxury Bus with Reg. No. JJJ 33 XA and the second defendant, Oyewole, drove another Tata Luxury Bus with Reg.No. LSD 505 XQ.
“They committed the offences on Oct. 29 on Ikorodu township highways and the offences contravened Sections 45 and 18 (1) of the Road Traffic Laws of Lagos State. (NAN)