James Ocholi’s driver faces prosecution – The driver of the late Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi may face prosecution for his role in the fatal accident, according to Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David.
The FRSC had revealed that the driver, James Elegbede, didn’t have a valid driver’s license, and David stated that his fate would be determined after the FRSC submitted its final report.
“As to the issue of whether we would prosecute the driver, yes, Nigeria is not short of laws; the problem is that Nigerians find it very difficult to obey the laws,” David said in a statement.
“There is a speed limit in place and so if anybody chooses not to obey the traffic laws, of course, it is subject to prosecution by the agencies concerned. But as to this particular incident, I think we will leave it until the final report of the investigation comes out.
The SGF also addressed reports made by Ocholi’s uncle that there may have be foul play involved in Ocholi’s death.
He added: “But, of course, as we say, accident is accident and nobody goes out deliberately to summersault and die, but as to allegations you claimed from the family, we are not aware and anybody who has anything to the contrary – that they didn’t die in an accident – is free to report to the law enforcement agencies who will appropriately take it up.”
He also revealed that the Ocholi’s surviving children had been given automatic employment, following the loss of their parents.
“The government decided to give employment to the children of the late minister because he was the breadwinner and the children are now orphans. On the other hand, the driver survived and the government is taking care of their medical bills at the National Hospital and they are also government workers as some of them are policemen, SSS operatives and others.
“So they are on salary and are treated free, but God forbids that had any of them suffered the same fate as those who died, the President would have willingly included them on the list of beneficiaries,” Lawal said.