Ibinabo Fiberesima Murder Trial: Nollywood Actress Faces Jail For Killing Doctor Giwa Suraj In Lekki

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January 29, 2016 – Ibinabo Fiberesima Murder Case: Nigerian Actress Faces Jail For Killing Doctor Giwa Suraj In Lekki Lagos

On Thursday the 28th of January 2016, an appeal court in Lagos reserved the ruling on the appeal filed by Nollywood actress Ibinabo Fiberesima for the 5-year jail term she was initially given by Justice Deborah Oluwayemi.

Justice Ndukwe Anyanwu paused the ruling yesterday because the actress was not in the country.

Ibinabo was slammed with a five-year sentence for her reckless driving that killed a doctor, Giwa Suraj in 2006.

She challenged the ruling at the appeal court asking that they revert to the Magistrate Court ruling which handed her a fine of N100,000.

Ibinabo Fiberesima’s murder trial has been adjourned.

18 thoughts on “Ibinabo Fiberesima Murder Trial: Nollywood Actress Faces Jail For Killing Doctor Giwa Suraj In Lekki

  1. Jeremy King u have a very wonderful way with words, which I don’t covet at all. She killed somebody for wreckless driving, yes. But it was not premeditated.Branding her a criminal on account of this is as wreckless as the driving itseft. Any experienced driver knows that God is the One who protects drivers as well as pedestrians. If your car experiences brake failure, it is drivers carelessness. If a pedestrian suddenly enters ur path and you hit him, that would not save you from the penalty of the law. At a time I knocked down a fully-drssed army officer in front of their barraks. It was God who saved me that day, even though the officer was careless. He sustained minor injjuries. His colleagues knew he was careless and, d4, did not mal-handle me. But that did not save me from footing the bills for his medicare.
    If the court convicts her, well, so be it. But making a careless statement about this case such as, she deserves it or she is a criminal, is a crime against common sense.

    • It was confirmed that Ibinabo was drunk when the accident occurred. It may not have happened if she was sober. That it was not premeditated is not the issue, there was no mechanical problem with her car, the only problem that led to the accident was that she was high on alcohol. What pisses me off is that some people are above the law. I remember the case very well. When it happened back then, even she believed she would be jailed, however, she is well connected and of course, she was let off the hook. People who get into accidents as a result of brake failure or mechanical problems with vehicles still have to bear the consequences much less someone driving under the influence. I have no ill feelings towards her but drunk driving resulting in the death of a human being should not be swept under the carpet because of the driver`s social status or connection to “oga at the top”.

    • unfortunately,I didn’t think she is.Therefore,let her face the consequences of her bad lifestyle.It is however a shame that a public figure like her who should serve as a good example to our youths is now the same person leading them astray

  2. Accident is accident…no one will just drive to kill some one…it can happen to any one drunk or not. Let her just settle the family even though settlement will not bring back life lost..but not jail term cos is daily normal occurrences that can not be avoided..the sorry is on the victim…If she is your sister…you know exactly what you would likely do to save her…not a jail case please.

  3. Have u ever driven on the road? If yes…you will know what i want to say….but if no..you will never understand. There is nothing like knowing oga at the top..or sweep under carpet. If you can define what is accident…you will know that any body who uses the road can fall a victim…is only God that saves us daily…Accident is accident drunk or not and is daily occurrences road users can not avoid because next to you on the road…is a crazy person and no matter how perfect you are in driving…if that day is your day…drunk or not is the day my brother….This issue is a normal issue that has happened to so many and there is always one way to resolve it.If not dead..you pay for medical bills…but if dead…you settle the family even though no matter the amount of settlement can bring back life lost…Would you really drive your car out there just to kill some body?no….She does not deserve jail term and not even jail offence…if she is your sister tell me…what will you do or say?believe me you would find every connection in the world and everything possible to save or free her…please let us be sincere in our judgement…even the judge….because in the developed world…is penalty offence not jail term….please brother.

    • @King Dom. Really? In the developed world? Which developed world are you referring to? If you mean the western world, drunk driving is a serious offence and attracts jail terms. I live in Canada, drunk driving resulting in death of a person can attract as much as a life sentence depending on the circumstances so please put sentiments aside and get real. If Ibinabo is your wife/sister/friend and you say “drunk or not” she does not deserve jail term, if your brother/child/wife was a victim of a drunk driver, would you still say the same thing? In the west, you don’t even have to have an accident before you get arrested or have your license suspended. Once you have a certain level of alcohol in your system, you must not drive or you may get pulled over by the Police. It is not in order to punish people but just to ensure the safety of citizens which is why most responsible people would not drive or operate machinery once they drink alcohol and become intoxicated. I guess you don’t see anything wrong in a drunk driving a car. To your other question, asking if I have ever driven ‘on the road’,figure that out. You obviously think anyone that drives must agree with your opinion that being drunk does not cause accidents. I still maintain that knowing Oga at the top got her off the hook. If the driver was just an ordinary hard working Nigerian that had no connection (even sober not drunk) and the victim died, you and I know, he would have been long forgotten in prison. No one should be above the law. I said it before and I am saying it again, I have no ill-feelings towards the lady in question, I would still have said this about whomever the driver was if the case was swept under the carpet. Thank you

  4. Its crazt hw some ppl mak comments just bcos they also hav a fone. we shuld be rational abt dis alcohol or no alcohol she is not a monster so she is just been human. easy on her pls. may d dr rest for peace anyway.

  5. I can see here many people on whose watch Nigeria can NEVER be a great nation. All they are good at doing is to see how a president or governor embezzles money, not how they themselves are so selfish and sentimental about simple issues. Person dey high on alcohol, she hold steering and crushed another person to death and you are here talking trash, as if na christmas chicken she killed. It takes nothing less than 7 years to become a medical doctor in Nigeria (plus all those extra strikes…if you’re unlucky), and just I believe five years behind the bars for depriving a family, many patients and a nation of such person is not too much. She was DRUNK for common sense sake!Drunk!!! Which responsible citizen drinks and drives????
    As for those giving excuses on her behalf,abegi, there’s nobody that can’t give excuse for their misconduct, the politician who embezzles has an excuse and so does an armed robber (he only wanted to rob once to start a business, and he didn’t plan to kill anyone with the loaded gun he had…reasonable enough????). A husband who cheats will have an excuse that may sound reasonable (“I can explain” is usually the first clause…remember?) and so may someone who kills under the influence of alcohol. In fact,I have realized overtime that it does not take any special effort, skill,integrity or intelligence to know how to give excuses, unlike being a responsible person which comes with a lot of demands.
    More so I’m sure if the victim was a relative of some people commenting here, their comment would totally be different from the sentimental garbage they are here throwing up.
    #For those who may like to attack my comment and call me all sort of names, including but not limited to #cruel idiot, #itk, #heartless moron and the likes, let me inform you ahead of time….whatever you write against me I DON’T CARE. All I care about is, LET JUSTICE BE DONE!

  6. God help Nigeria to be a great nation and I say this with so much pity! When you hear the way the general public reasons, you wonder!!!. This is a nation where NORMAL is ABNORMAL and vice versa! A drunk driver terminating the life of another, even if the victim is a madman, and people are asking for mercy??! Wow!! In the western world, you don’t even have to kill anyone before you go to jail for driving under the influence. Once an officer notices your movement via the camera, you are immediately chased and stopped, tested, if positive, taken to the station and justice is administered. Not to talk of killing another! In fact, if you’re lucky to get your license back, after serving jail term, your insurance premium will be more than twice a regular person. That will teach you to drink-drive next time. Mtcheew!!! We are used to getting away with crime, if you know the right people, yet you say our leaders are bad! The leaders are a product of this evil society and as such, we accept them. Long live Nigeria!

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