Ibinabo Fiberesima Jailed For 5 Years At Kirikiri Prison For Murder, NGO Pleads For Mercy

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March 13, 2016 – Ibinabo Fiberesima Jailed For 5 Years At Kirikiri Prison For Murder, NGO Says Ex-AGN President Deserves A 2nd Chance

Great thanks to the Nigerian justice system. The information we have is that she was drunk at the time of the road crash.

As such, it was premeditated murder not accident. Besides, this seeming controversy, it is unfortunate that while the case was going on, instead of her exhibiting some sense of remorse, she was all over the place attending one social function or the other, visiting America etc and exhibiting such on the social media.

I can imagine how the family of the man she killed would have felt while struggling with resources on how to survive because of the loss of a bread winner. Let us remove unnecessary sentiments from this issue, Ibinabo has not conducted herself well after the crash, perhaps thinking that the likely influenced judgement at the magistrate court will be upheld at the upper courts.

Very big stars in America or Europe are not spared when they run into similar offences, they get imprisoned and it serves well for the society that none is above the law. Ibinabo was not sentenced to death or life time.

Five years imprisonment is fair because in Nigeria’s constitution, it is a minimum of seven years that ought to stay in the gulag. Her imprisonment is a victory for the FRSC, road victims and all well meaning cum innocent road users in Nigeria. Her stay in prison will reform her and send the right message to the Nigerian public on how to use the road in a safe manner.

When she comes out of prison, she will be a better road user and may work for road safety improvement as a worthy ambassador in her status a celebrity. For now, let her conduct herself properly in prison, write articles on road safety and offer assistance to the family of the deceased, perhaps in less than three years, NGOs walking for road safety in Nigeria may seek mercy for her release. As a star, she can help change the face of road safety in Nigeria.

On the converse, as a Christian, I believe that her misconduct is highly forgivable but we cannot exclude the deceased family and the FRSC from this conversation. The right way to go is for her supporters to seek the involvement of a credible NGO to stand in the gap for her in a very humble manner and obtain pledges from Ibinabo and company that the direct dependants of the killed man will not suffer unnecessary hardship.

It is really not appropriate for her colleagues to be all over the social media asking for mercy which may even be misconstrued as impunity because most of them are also guilty of similar misconduct. Indeed, road safety NGOs can plead with the court that Ibinabo’s conviction is commuted to community service on road safety for ten years but where she defaults, she goes back to jail. The truth is that she has a big role to play for road safety that could help save thousands of lives and improve our driving culture.

After all, there will not be any real gain for the deceased family if Ibinabo is thrust into prison because Nigeria does not have any welfare package for road crash victims’ families. It is a deep psychological and financial wound that can be partially healed through proper articulation than the noisy manner it is being handled.

Let Ibinabo seek an NGO that can help make positive contributions on her matter, build a bridge with the dead man’s family. Assign her the task of championing, Don’t Drink and drive initiative, then stand ready to guarantee her future conduct on the roads. Ibinabo deserves a second chance, please!

[By Angela Nwokolo, Women go for Safety Initiative, [email protected]]

31 thoughts on “Ibinabo Fiberesima Jailed For 5 Years At Kirikiri Prison For Murder, NGO Pleads For Mercy

    • I deeply support the analysis of the author of this unbiased article. First, she did not hide any blame on Ibinabo and the need for her to assist the family of the dead man especially given that the Nigerian system does not have any credible welfare package for such victims. Indeed, of what benefit will it be to the general public and even the deceased family if Ibinabo is sent to waste in jail when she can use her new realization to make a difference by working for safe road use. Certainly, getting her behind bars may offer some seeming psychological balance for the victims family but it will not change much in their fortune.
      Dumebi Aduma

  1. Hahaha Naija justice, everybody is saying DUI DUI. What was the alcoholic content in her blood. Please tell us. By the way what is the legal limit that is considered drunk in Nigeria? Here in U.S most states have a limit of .08% BAC for non commercial divers that is measured by a breatherlizer(Sp). Who tested her? Please show us the results Chei Naija

    • @ Dave D
      Teacher! teacher!!…..PLEASE DON’T TEACH ME NONSENSE!!!! INUGO!!!!

      I ask you- what is the reason for this your senseless defense of Ibinabo?… Are you related to her in anyway or is she your ex-girlfriend????

      IBINABO,was caught drinking and driving and the she even killed another innocent member of the public due to her disgraceful conduct and you are here asking for the alcholic content in Ibinabo’s blood…. Very laughable!

      PLZ go back and read this article again and heed to the advice given in it;that if you really and truly want to HELP Ibinabo;start by helping the family of the victim (Dr GIWA Suraj)…
      Dr GIWA Suraj, the man Ibinabo killed had and still has children before his death think about helping these children and the dependents of the victim, instead askng for the alcoholic content in Ibinabo’s blood!… Dont you think that is irrelevant and a little too late in this context????
      R.I.P to Dr GIWA SURAJ.

      • Observer, I follow you tire o. Ana ekwu na oku gbalu onye ocha, ufodu ana aju na ogbalu afo onu ya.

    • All you are trying to do is to tell us you live in the US, because whatever you wrote here doesn’t make any sense. Have ever thought of the deceased family; wife, children, friends and associate? Have you ever thought of the services this Doctor brought to humanity? I believe if you(God forbid) were to be the husband or wife of the victim, your reasoning will be different.

      There’s nothing new in sending Ibinabo to the prison, in fact, not sending her to the prison could’ve robbed a hot pepper into the injury of the bereaved.

      Please, we should not be selfish in our judgement, Ibinabo did the crime and most do the term. Thank you.

    • Hello Dave, if the victim was your son, brother, and father, would you mind the alcohol level in her blood stream? If you think she is your hero and doesn’t deserve any punishment for driving under the influence of alcohol that eventually led to the untimely death of Dr. Giwa, then wish your family members the same thing that happened to the innocent doctor, his widow, and his fatherless children. What a dumb argument. You are comparing the U.S law system to Nigeria in a way that doesn’t make any sense or meaning, would she have invaded justice for ten years if she killed someone under the same condition in the U.S? Guys think and reason before commenting. In my view, I think she is lucky to get just five years sentence for terminating a life, turned his wife to instant widow, and rendering his children fatherless.

  2. Whoever wrote this article killed it for me. A point of correction, though, exists. This is not a case of premeditated murder. I don’t even think it is murder at all, but man slaughter.

    As I said earlier, Ibinabo ruined her chances to glue things well with the family she had wounded. Now that she is ducked in the gulag(hahaha! I like that word), I suggest that she is left alone to sober up for at least a full-fledged year before any kind of talk is introduced in her favour, and that is only it she had shown genuine remorse and good hehaviour in the prison. Maybe this is the only way she could learn humility. Thanks you, writer.

    • Many people drink and drive with impunity on Nigerian roads and it is very unfortunate that the FRSC does not even have the capacity especially funding resources to establish that what happened in Ibinabo’s sad incident was actually premeditated or caused by excessive alcohol consumption. I respect the views and knowledge of the author because it reflects the reality of our circumstances in Nigeria where this whole issue of thrusting Ibinabo into jail will just entertain the public without impacting positively on the issue of reducing road traffic injuries that are associated with drinking beyond limit or taking care of the family of the deceased.

  3. As much as I appreciate the opening statements of this article;which says this unfortunate incident was not an accident ;but a willfull negligence on the part of Ibinabo,by drinking and driving at the same time to the extent of killing an innocent member of the public. (Dr GIWA Suraj).

    I will beg to differ on the last suggestion of the write-up, which says Ibinabo, deserves a SECOND CHANCE.
    The fact is IBINABO ;was only sentenced to 5yrs jail term,but the consequences of Ibinabo’s action on that fateful day did NOT give the victim (Dr GIWA Suraj) a second chance by ending his life abruptly in the most VIOLENT manner.

    IBINABO’S actions resulted in sentencing the family and dependents of Dr GIWA Suraj to life sentence with a SECOND CHANCE!
    And am sure if Ibinabo was not this connected or popular,nobody will be advocating for a second chance for her.Ibinabo can still campaign for safe driving after serving her jail term.

    Please people let us stop to think about the beautiful life Dr GIWA Suraj, would have had, if Ibinabo did not kill him on that day.
    Let us also stop to think about the widow of the late doctor,the dependents and his innocent children who will grow up without knowing their father…

    These are the real VICTIMS here;the victims that have been left by Ibinabo without a SECOND CHANCE!
    R.I.P to Dr GIWA Suraj.

    • The writer of this article is on point and she made very good sense. Just imagine a situation where as part of restitution the FRSC or an NGO is directed by the court to compel Ibinabo to engage in broad collaboration with alcohol beverage manufacturer’s to address this age long problem by ensuring that a certain percentage of their profit is dedicated to the FRSC. Someone like Ibinabo with her celebrity status whether dented or not can forge her way to the national Assembly and get results that will grossly benefit innocent road users. Indeed, such would save so many lives than keeping her in prison. Whilst doing such, she may even be lucky to get full scholarship for the deceased family.

    • Negligency on d case z even wot i blame ibinabo mostly on… She should hv showed a concrete remorse 2 d victims family which dey shall ever hold up to..

  4. But she would have completed this jail term if she had served it then than allowing it to linger. Pity her though

  5. What happened to victim and Ibionabo is not a very terrible thing.. Especially for the victim’s family.. But let’s forget that all.. but all this Hate comments will not change anything.. Like Dave D said.. The legal alcohol limit was not stated.. Now to all of you that was saying that this will be a lesson to everyone.. So why can’t the Nigeria Government put out whats the legal alcholo limit and enforce it also educate drivers and the public road user about it.. Now knowing what her blood alcohol limit was will also be a lesson to the public too. On the hand, her car would have been faulty too., this would have caused the accident on that very day,,
    My take on this, is that it would be good to know all this too, let me ask this question? How nigerian takes their cars for servicing every 6 months? to check if is there’s any defeats on the car..
    Alcohol, faulty car and bad road is what causes lots of accident in our road..
    Finally I’m not here to support Ibinabo. But let’s also look at all this areas too..
    My heart goes out to the victim’s family and to Ibinabo because onece take someone’s life, that’s also a life time jail..

    • this is not really justice. there is nothing to establish that Ibinabo was druck. It is just an assumption. Someone was killed, it could have just been an accident. The writer of the article has sufficiently stated that Ibinabo will mean well for both the society and the death victim’s family out of prison if well groomed to help Nigerians fight the battle on drink driving. With no intention of provoking the deceased family, it may be too difficult to prove without speed cameras and even record of any alcohol consumption that Ibinabo was actually at fault when the case gets proper review at the Apex court. In Nigeria, it is very difficult for even eye witnesses to prove their observations when it comes to issues of road traffic ofence. If Ibinabo had gotten a very good lawyer, the matter would have been quashed from inception. Afterall, the deceased was never her enemy and there would not have been any benefit wasting his life. May the soul of the late Doctor rest in peace and may God grant Ibinabo the wisdom to assist his family whether or not the court’s ruling is upheld. I agree with the writer of this piece that a very credible NGO can be of major essence in this whole issue. let the supporters of Ibinabo approach the FRSC to make peace and design ways of supporting the victim’s family. On the roads of Nigeria. everyone is a potential victim. Even Ministers die too!

  6. What happened to the victim and Ibionabo is a very terrible thing.. Especially to the victim’s family.. But let’s forget that all this Hate comments will not change anything.. Like Dave D said.. The legal alcohol limit was not stated.. Now to all of you that was saying that this will be a lesson to everyone.. So why can’t the Nigeria Government put out whats the legal alcholo limit and enforce it also educate drivers and the public road user about it.. Now knowing what her blood alcohol limit was will also be a lesson to the public too. On the hand, her car would have been faulty too., this would have caused the accident on that very day,,
    My take on this, is that it would be good to know all this too, let me ask this question? How nigerian takes their cars for servicing every 6 months? to check if is there’s any defeats on the car..
    Alcohol, faulty car and bad road is what causes lots of accident in our road..
    Finally I’m not here to support Ibinabo. But let’s also look at all this areas too..
    My heart goes out to the victim’s family and to Ibinabo because onece take someone’s life, that’s also a life time jail..

  7. The Government should enforce no drink and drive in our roads.. And not only alcohol including drugs..
    And I’m pretty sure in the last 10 years that this happened. Lots of people have been killed by andrunk drivers or someone who’s high on iilagal drugs in our roads.
    However, Ibinabo one is making headlines because She’s a public eyes person..

  8. So if we remove the drinking bit does that change things???? Has anybody bothered to read the trail transcript of even the first judgement? Does anybody care? Yes I agree she hasnt handled herself well in public, there are people raping this country as we speak please give this woman a break!!!!

  9. i dont know we nigerians are always happy when someone is at grief. she was driving recklessly yes, but she never planned to kill the doctor. the judicial system has passed its judgement so lets leave the woman alone. what is happening to ibinabo now could happen to anybody. she is extremely sorry and has pleaded with the family of the deceased. wasting 5 solid years in kirikiri prison will not bring back the dead. some of you will say its retributive justice but i totally disagree.

  10. i will laud the judicial system for its final verdict on the matter but i feel very sorry for her. what happened to her could actually happen to anyone but the family of the deceased has shown they want vengeance and they’ve gotten it. to err is human and to forgive divine. she was really sorry for what happened that very day. we Nigerians could be mean atimes. possibly everyone wants her to die to atone for what happened on that fateful day.Ibinabo God will see u through because i know u never had the intents of killing him..

  11. She really deserve a second chance not even witstanding she didn’t conduct herself well as d trial z going on.

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