Danladi Baba, the driver responsible for the death of the former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Festus Iyayi, in a road crash on the Lokoja- Abuja Highway in 2013, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment without any option of fine.
According to a press statement by the Federal Road Safety Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi kazeem, the ruling took place Friday at a Chief Magistrate Court 11 in Lokoja where the case was originally instituted.
The Chief Magistrate, U. Hussain, who presided over the case, lamented the rate of recklessness on our roads.
He cautioned other road users to be mindful of the law regarding dangerous driving.
Iyayi, the famous winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Literature and lecturer at the University of Benin, was killed in a motor accident on his way to the National Executive Meeting of ASUU on Nov. 12, 2013. He was in the company of Anthony Monye-Emina and two others in continuation of negotiation with the federal government.
Bisi Kazeem who spoke on behalf of the Corps opined that the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, applauded the judiciary for ensuring that families of victims of road traffic crashes get necessary justice for the loss of their loved ones.
Oyeyemi, therefore, assured the public that erring drivers will now face appropriate sanctions and further urged the motoring public to always abide by established rules and desist from any act that will lead to loss of lives on our roads.