A 20-year-old commercial bus driver, Bello Ismaila, who is standing trial for murder has been remanded in prison by an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court.
He was charged to court for allegedly killing a member of transporters’ union, Femi Ajayi, at Igogo Ekiti in the Moba Council area of Ekiti State.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Oriyomi Akinwale told the court that Ismaila on September 25 beat the deceased with a charm over disagreement on 100 naira daily ticket.
“The defendant, who is a driver, was given N100 daily ticket by the transporters’ union. On his way back, he was asked to pay the money for the ticket and he refused.
“In the process, it resulted in a crisis and one of the transporters’ union members deflated his vehicle tyre, which angered him following which he beat the deceased with a deadly charm.
“The deceased died in the process of being rushed to the hospital,” the police prosecutor said.
He said the offence contravened Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012, urging the court to remand the defendant in prison pending legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution.
The Magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, adjourned the case until November 20 for mention, as she ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody, pending advice from the office of the DPP.