Police arraign Arotile’s killers

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The Kaduna State Police Command has arraigned two brothers in connection with the death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.

Recall that Arotile died on July 14 at the Air Force Base, Kaduna after a car rammed into her.

The driver, Nehemiah Adejo, and owner, David Adejo, of the vehicle that allegedly killed the soldier were arraigned before a Kaduna Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

While Nehemiah was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving without licence and driving without authorisation of the owner, David was charged with negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted N1 million bail.

Earlier, the prosecutor counsel, Martins Leo, urged Magistrate Benjamin Hassan not to grant Nehemiah bail as a pending homicide investigation was ongoing against him.

Responding, Counsel to the accused, Ibrahim Omachi, prayed the court to grant his clients bail as they were first-time offenders.

He further argued that his clients deserved bail since they had already spent more than four weeks in detention.

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In his ruling, Magistrate Hassan granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and possess bank verification number (BVN).

He adjourned the case until August 24 and 25 for hearing.

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