On Wednesday, The Police Officer in Kaduna was reported to have arraigned the driver and owner of the vehicle that murdered the Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile in a road crash at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna, before a court in the state capital.
The owner and the driver of the vehicle were arraigned before a Kaduna State Magistrate Court on four counts of causing the death by careless driving, driving without precautions and attention, driving without a driving licence and driving without authorisation from the owner, and one count charge of negligent conduct while posing danger to human and property.
The duo – Nehmiah Adejo and David Adejo, were pleaded not guilty to the charges, but however, granted bail with the sum of N1 million for each persons.
The defendants were also ordered by the court to produce two sureties each, who must reside around the jurisdiction of the court and are engaged in legal businesses and present a Bank Verification Number (BVN) that corresponds with their identities information.
Emmanuel Benjamin, the Chief Magistrate adjourned the case till August 24th and 25th.
The prosecution counsel had earlier prayed that the court to allow Nehemiah to be remanded, disputing that there is a pending investigation of culpable homicide against him.
Aliyu Omachi, Nehemiah’s Counsel, argued for a bail on the basis that his client was a first time offender and had spent more than 4 weeks in detention.
The late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile was killed in a freak accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna and following the incident, three suspects were subsequently arrested.
The Nigerian Air Force had in line with extant laws handed over the three persons who were involved in the accident that led to the death of Flying Officer Arotile to the Nigeria Police, saying it is a civil case.