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Boat Captain Sentenced To Life Imprisonment Over Death Of 13 Passengers

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Eti-Osa  has sentenced one Elebiju Happiness to life imprisonment for Manslaughter and six months imprisonment for operating a boat without a license.

Elebiju was arraigned before Justice Josephine Oyefeso on an eleven (11) count charge for captaining a boat that capsized and killed 13 persons while operating in an illegal jetty without license.

The convict committed the crime on the 29th of July, 2020 after loading its passengers from kirikiri heading to Badagry.

The prosecution called (5) five witnesses before the court who testified against the defendant.

While delivering the judgement, Justice Oyefeso, held that the prosecution has successfully proven the charge against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt and thereby convicted and sentenced him accordingly.

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