The driver of the BRT bus that collided with a train in Lagos, Oluwaseun Osibanjo, is expected to face 16 charges of manslaughter and causing great bodily harm.
Six members of the Lagos State Government staff and train passengers died in the tragic incident, and 96 other people suffered varying degrees of injuries.
The collision happened on March 9 at the PWD railway crossing in Ikeja when a staff bus collided with a train. The train then dragged the bus and its passengers along the tracks until it came to a stop at Sogunle, an Ikeja suburb.
The BRT driver is charged with 16 counts, according to a statement made on Friday by Grace Alo, the ministry’s director of public affairs.
“A prima facie case of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm against the driver of the Staff bus was disclosed after the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) received and reviewed the case file.
As a result, he will face charges for 10 counts of aggravated bodily harm and six counts of manslaughter.
The statement read, “Both offences are in violation of Sections 224 and 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”.
The Office of the DPP will swiftly file charges against the driver, according to the statement. However, his trial appearance before the Ikeja High Court will be delayed until he has fully recovered from the serious wounds he received in the collision.