2 bus conductors bag 16 months for destroying bus

An Ikeja Magistrates' Court has sentenced two bus conductors to jail for 16 months for destroying a commercial bus.

Lagos state trains bus conductors

The duo of Babatunde, 23, and Bashorun, 19, were sentenced to eight months each after they pleaded guilty to the charges of breach of public peace, damage and conspiracy.

The Magistrate, Mr A. A. Adesanya, who pronounce the verdict, gave them eight months on each of the counts, but ordered that the sentences should run concurrently.

“You are hereby sentenced to eight months imprisonment each without an option of fine,” he ruled.

Babatunde and Bashoru had during their arraignment on March 7 admitted that they committed the offences, attributing it to the handiwork of the Devil.

The accused urged the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing them.

When the case came up on Thursday for facts and sentence, they still admitted guilt and the court sent them to  prison.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, told the court that the accused with some others still at large committed the offences on March 4 at the popular transportation hub, Oshodi, Lagos.

Nwosu said the accused also conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by destroying a commercial bus with registration no. AKD 616  XA.

“The accused willfully damaged the front and rear windscreens and all the windows of the bus.”

Nwosu said the driver of the bus, who accidentally hit somebody, abandoned it and ran away when he saw some miscreants running toward him.

“The vehicle hit one miscreant, popularly called `area boy’ under the bridge at Oshodi and some of the hoodlums  decided to damage the vehicle with stones, sticks, iron rods and other weapons.

“When the police team got to the scene, some of the accused persons were arrested, while the others escaped,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 166, 348 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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