Actress and mother of three, Ibinabo Fiberesima has been slammed with a 5 year jail term for reckless and dangerous driving leading to one’s death.
The incident happened in 2005 when she vied off her lane on the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos, and hit the car of a doctor, Giwa Suraj, who was a staff of Lagos State Hospital. Ibinabo was arrested for dangerous and reckless driving and charged her to court.
The case went to court and the Igbosere Magistrate Court sentenced her to five years in prison with an option of N100,000 fine. Ibinabo apologized to the man’s family and duly paid the fine.
The Lagos State Government, however, was not satisfied with the judgement and objected, taking the case to the High Court.
The High Court eventually ruled in favour of the government, saying that the Magistrate Court was reckless for giving Ibinabo an option of fine for such an offence. The High Court judge tossed out the fine option and sentenced Ibinabo to five years in prison, saying that such an offence – reckless and dangerous driving which causes another person’s death is liable to 7 years in prison.
Ibinabo’s N100,000 was subsequently given back to her.
She and her lawyers appealed the ruling in the Court of Appeal, to set aside the prison sentence and restore the sentence she received from the magistrate court. Unfortunately, the Court of Appeal ruled on March 11th that the court upheld the high court ruling and dismissed Ibinabo’s appeal, saying it lacked merit.
She and her lawyers are now heading to the Supreme Court for a final appeal. If the appeal fails, the Actors Guild of Nigeria president will have to serve her sentence.