The Kaduna State Police Command has arraigned two brothers, Nehemiah and David Adejo, before a Chief Magistrate court sitting in the state capital over the death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile.
The first accused person, Nehemiah was arraigned on a two-count charge of culpable homicide under Section 190 of Kaduna State Penal Code and causing death by dangerous driving under Section 21 of Kaduna State Traffic Law, while David was charged with negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property.
They both pleaded not guilty, prompting the prosecuting counsel, Martins Leo, to pray the court for the remand of Nehemiah in prison custody due to a pending investigation on culpable homicide against him.
However, counsel to the defendants, Ibrahim Omachi, argued that his clients were first-time offenders and had already spent more than four weeks in detention.
The presiding Magistrate, Benjamin Hassan, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties who must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court and possess Bank Verification Number (BVN).
The case was adjourned till August 24 and 25 for hearing.
Recall that the late Arotile died on July 14, 2020, after a car allegedly driven by Nehemiah knocked her down at the Nigerian Airforce Secondary School in Kaduna State.