23-year-old graduate of the Ebonyi State University, Adeyinka Adelekan, who studied studied Geology at the university, won’t be participating in this year’s NYSC programme which is scheduled to take off today, as she was reportedly involved in an accident which at Skiddo bus stop, Ajah, Lagos State.
According to eyewitnesses, Adeyinka Adelekan who reportedly suffered fractures in his legs and brain injuries after getting knocked down by an SUV, was admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, and is yet to come out of a coma since December 19, 2017, when the accident happened.
26-year-old Saviour Henry who was driving the SUV – a Toyota RAV 4, knocked down Adelekan who was going to buy drinks for herself and her elder sister around 4pm on that day, after he lost control of the vehicle while trying to prevent a Toyota Highlander, driven by one Oluwatobiloba Olorunosebi, 19, from hitting his SUV from behind.
She was reportedly standing on the median, waiting to cross to the other side of the road, when Henry allegedly veered towards the median and knocked her down. The victim was taken to LUTH when there was no improvement in her condition, despite the family spending millions of naira.
The drivers who were arrested by the police from the Langbasa division, drove without valid driving licences and were arraigned on three counts bordering on reckless driving before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court.
Punch reported that the charges read;
“That you, Oluwatobiloba Olorunosebi and Saviour Henry, on December 19, 2017, at 4.30pm at Skido bus stop, along Pump & S, Eti Osa, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, being the drivers of a Toyota Highlander with the number plate, AKD 922 EA and a Toyota RAV 4, with the number plate, KJA 582 BW, did drive the said vehicles dangerously on the highway and cause serious injuries to one Miss Adeyinka Adelekan, while the pedestrian was walking, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 18 of the Road Traffic Act Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2012.
“That you, Oluwatobiloba Olorunosebi and Saviour Henry, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did drive the said vehicles without valid driving licences, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 7 (1) of the Road Traffic Act Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2012.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail by the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O. Oshin, in the sum of N250,000 with one surety each in like sum .
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on the other hand, has fixed April 19 for the opening of orientation camps nationwide for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members.
According to a document it sent to PREMIUM TIMES, NYSC gave the highlights of the exercise as follows :
(a) Commencement and Registration: Thursday April 19
(b) Cut-off date for Registration: Midnight Friday, April 20
(c) Swearing-In Ceremony: Monday , April 23
(d) Closing: Monday, Wednesday May 9