Nollywood Actress Ibinabo Fiberesima To Serve a 5-year Jail Term

2. Ibinabo Fiberesima (1)

Ibinabo at the AMVCA 2016

Actress Ibinabo Fiberesima has been slammed a 5-year jail term by The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday. Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur delivered the decision on Friday, saying that the appeal was shallow and lacked merit.

She (Ibinabo) was alleged to have collided with the car of a staff of Lagos State hospital, Giwa Suraj as a result of reckless driving on the Lekki-Epe Expressway in February, 2006.

The Nollywood actress had already been fined N100,000 by a Magistrate court, a decision that was overruled by the High Court. Justice Oluwayemi of the trial Court replaced the fine with a five year jail term, saying that the Magistrate exercised “judicial recklessness” by giving the option of a fine.

She appealed the case, but according to Vanguard newspaper, her appeal was dismissed; thus setting her on the path to a 5-year jail term.

Source: Vanguard

120 Comments on Nollywood Actress Ibinabo Fiberesima To Serve a 5-year Jail Term
  • Jane March 11, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    5years cha! Kai, why didnt she make peace with the family all these while?At least try and settle with them out of court. They have been very angry with her to still pursue it. Well, justice must prevail. Na wa.

    • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      How do you settle with a family that you killed their child, driving under the influence of alcohol. Is that even a reasonable statement. That is why people break the laws and have no fear of consequences. She deserves to serve her time in prison.

      • Cindy March 11, 2016 at 11:31 pm

        So the victim actually died? And she has been jumping about for 10 years now as if she didn’t cut short someone’s life?? ??

      • Mama Caro March 12, 2016 at 1:18 am

        She killed the breadwinner of a family. I really feel bad for her because only God knows how traumatic its been for her (hmmm doesn’t she look sober?) , the truth is the fine was too lenient, haba, sister you killed someone and 100k was your punishment and you’ve been able to sleep and gbedu so freely?

    • Taiye Adaramola March 11, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Errr Crime is between the Accused and the State.

    • Damilola March 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Justice is served. Manslaughter especially driving under influence is a criminal act that deserves harsh punishment. If only rule of law applies to those in power as well, then Nigeria is promising for a greater tomorrow.

    • Cabrini March 12, 2016 at 1:09 am

      The case has been ongoing. I expected her to at least pipe low until the case is officially closed but instead she’s been all over the place in recent times having media-catching fun and social media clapbacks… Justice is taking its course! Drunk driving has claimed so many innocent lives, this should serve as a lesson for all

    • Ijebujesha March 12, 2016 at 1:47 am

      You Nigerian rich folks always think money can buy everything. Money cant bring back a cherished one. Moreover, the guy she killed was a Medical Doctor who had kids schooling in the UK and the US at the time he was killed, it’s not a poor family. The guy was much more sucessful than some harlot packaged as actress. It’s obvious from your comment that her 5 year jail term sounds heavier to you than her victim’s death simply because you thought the victim was poor and his family could be settled. Your last sentence that Justice must be served was so glaringly unreal. I think you are a very pathetic person and I not making that judgement in a vacuum. I made it based on your comment.

      • Cabrini March 12, 2016 at 8:50 am

        The way you sound, you obviously got a wrong deduction from my comment but hey, I don’t need to explain it to you and secondly, you sound like someone who’s ready for a fight but again, I won’t give you that pleasure. You totally misunderstood me but then again…….you’re entitled to your opinion just like everyone.

      • Truth March 12, 2016 at 9:07 am

        Spot on. Glad justice has been served. Her case reminds me of that doyin Sarah girl who was driving under the influence and ended up killing herself and others. Her family are rich so they twisted the story and acted like SHE was the victim. God save us from evil people dressed in designer clothes. Bella, if you like don’t post this comment because I know how you bias you are.
        It’s time for our people to be held accountable for their actions

    • Wale March 12, 2016 at 11:01 am

      On an even more important matter…

      If NIGERIA allows Saraki to get away with this recklessly shameful manipulations of our judicial system then this will define the end of the Buhari government. It will be OVER. Read on Sahara reporters the behind the scenes details of the CCT case.

      Saraki’s new lawyer, the Efcc lawyer and justice umar of CCT all have mentor/mentee relationships and it seems there is unpublicized case ongoing with a high court corrupt judge due to be ruled on the 22 of march. In the interim, saraki’s lawyers have embarked on delay tactics until then. If Saraki is not guilty why all these maneuvering and spending of billions on judges and lawyers. If he wins – then the entire premise of this administration goes to the toilet. Umar and the Efcc lawyer should be held accountable (i am suspecting they have been compromised, something was handed to Umar while he was in saudi last week for the lesser hajj; now we all know the wheeling and dealing by our politicians happens on their Dubai and saudi arabia trips) Umar and the government lawyer should perhaps be made to do saraki’s jail term. I don’t understand why they haven’t recused themselves from the case.

      A country with a judiciary arm as corrupt as ours is no longer a country. The last place for the common man to seek recourse has been turned into a joke. The very man that wants to continue to be the country’s chief lawmaker is himself the very disease that is afflicting it. If Saraki wins, then it will be time for us all to go our separate ways and start afresh. There won’t be any point or reason to remain together as a country. The rot would have done the ultimate damage. What can the executive branch do now ? The attorney general must do something radical; there has to be a complete sweep and purge of the judiciary system-the likes that will put the country in a state of emergency and corrupt judges should be ferried away in the middle of the night and made to disappear( i am not joking) Fresh new judges should be hired and the SAN title abolished. There should be an unappeallable death sentence for any judge that takes bribes-period!
      Everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law whether you are Saraki,ibinabo or TB Joshua! Right now the country is a big shitty MESS and Saraki is the worm that makes the stench unbearably foul. Saraki MUST GO! We have come to the point of, even if by UNORTHODOX, legally unacceptable means!

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Only 5 years. She deserves 25 or life.

  • xplorenollywood.com March 11, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Now the real police is out to get her. Thought this case was closed, done and dusted?

    • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      There is no vendetta here. The option of fine does not exist for manslaughter and cannot be upheld by the higher court. She should stop wasting her money and serve her time and move on.

      • bunmi March 11, 2016 at 11:15 pm

        i was just about to say this!!! how the magistrate court were able to offer her an option of 100000 naira fine in a case of manslaughter while driving under the influence is beyond me. the best she can do is appeal to the supreme court for a lesser time theres no way she’s not going to jail and if she’s being honest with herself she should know she deserves it.

  • Majestic March 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Who would have thunk?!

  • Marlvina March 11, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Hmm…just after seeing her looking so glam and all at the AMVCA. Now its to imagine her behind bars? Sad note.

  • nene March 11, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    she might flee to america. i think her husband might be an american citizen. i think she deserves the jail sentence. drinking and driving is very selfish and many lives have been destroyed because of drunk drivers.

    • Anon March 11, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Ibinabo is British. She has both options.

      • Truth March 12, 2016 at 9:11 am

        The British or American government must send her back if not they are harbouring a criminal. Best believe I see this woman on the street, I will call the police without thinking twice. Wicked soul, you want to sleep peacefully and live a happy life after killing someone due to carelessness? This topic is very sensitive to me because way too many innocent people are victims of selfish drivers and their reckless driving. We need to do better

  • ATL’s finest March 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Oh snap.. Well making peace with the FAM & dropping some cash goes a long way 🙂 Ask Brandy Norway.

  • Olu March 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Dang!!!

    Now THIS is news!

    I hope naija politicians can face this kind of gavel too. I pity her kids…and the person she knocked down.

    • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      The person she knocked down died. He is dead.

  • mary March 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    OMG, and the past came calling after 10 years. seems the Nigerian judicial system is waking up. this is like the American judicial system, even if it takes them 100 years to unveil the truth, that is when they serve you justice, she just got married, and enjoying a new life, and then this. Well, a life was lost as a result of her recklessness.

    • bunmi March 11, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      american juducial system? some cases are statue barred aunty!

      • pepperlina March 12, 2016 at 12:25 am

        criminal matters are NEVER statute barred.

      • Miss T March 12, 2016 at 3:53 am

        *statute

      • Moyo March 12, 2016 at 4:46 am

        Under the Nigerian law, crime is not covered by the Statute of Limitation, I presume it is the same under the American legal system as well

      • Beenthere March 12, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        Criminal cases CAN have statute of limitations. Every state has different laws governing this especially for the crime of rape.

  • Iris March 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Wow! I didn’t realise this was still ongoing.

  • zee March 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Knocked down????!!!! Hell no!!! She killed somebody so 5yrs is enough punishment. ……manslaughter is no joke abeg

  • Ogo March 11, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    How can she just pay 100k? ! Any settlement for the family? Money can never replace their loved one but at least it will ease the pain .

  • Tee March 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Eyah! It’s sad sha. I thought the IDP visit didn’t do much plus Nigerians no dey feel sorry for people again like they use to. The clamour for justice in politics don toughen everybody. Bad move!

  • Noname March 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Kai no more Oronto Douglas and PDP long leg to save you. E pele ma.

  • Tesh Says March 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    So even if she spends the 5yrs in jail, will it bring back the dead person? The truth is, it really won’t take away the hurt. From what i understand, the accident was an unfortunate one that was not intentional. 5 yrs won’t bring back the dead nor make it better.
    Both sides have suffered enough; Yes even Ibinabo has and she will live have to live with this for the rest of her life.

    • Ijebujesha March 12, 2016 at 1:52 am

      It is about Justice to the society. As a result of this judgement, someone might think twice to get behind the wheels when they are drunk. That might save someone’s life. There is no sentiment in the pursuit of justice. People should be bold enough to face the consequences of their choices.

    • Olayemi March 12, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Why don’t we let all murderers and rapists go since life cannot be brought back or intercourse undone.
      I beg of you, don’t let me lash out. Do you even know the reason why there is punishment for crimes? Obviously not. If she is let go just because the victim cannot be brought back, what will stop people from driving drunk? Most times, punishment is not just to ease the pain of those affected but to prevent other people from committing the same crime.

      • Tamales March 12, 2016 at 10:16 am

        Wish I could like your comment a million times. I didn’t want to lash out at people with comments like that so I didn’t even bother to drop a comment . Like are you freaking kidding me.

    • Rio March 12, 2016 at 6:43 am

      Yes! She has suffered by being in spotlight every now & then! Mtcheeeeew

    • Truth March 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

      What a foolish and extremely intensitive comment. This is why the law is flawed but I’m glad justice in this case is being served – although 5 years is a joke.
      You have the audacity to ask if her jail sentence will bring the dead man back? Wow…nothing will ever take the hurt away but expecting this woman to walk away unpunished is quite frankly the daftest thing I’ve read this year. I pray to God almighty this doesn’t happen to someone you know. Maybe you’d think before spewing such bullsh!t.
      It’s amazing there are individuals who reason this way. You must have thought 100k was enough to keep the man’s family satisfied abi? What a pity

    • Green March 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Then I wonder why God still took away David and Bathsheba’s love child. I mean, after all, he did repent of his sin.

    • Dunni March 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      5 years will not bring the deceased back but at least his family will have closure.
      The poor man lost his life due to her carelesness and for the past 10 years she has been a free woman while his family have been grieving.
      I do feel badly for her and its a sad situation but her actions led to death on an innocent being she has to serve her time!
      This is why we are all cautioned not to DRINK and DRIVE! If you kill another person while driving drunk you only have yourself to blame when you get locked up

    • badgirlguy March 18, 2016 at 1:27 am

      You’re right but only few people really know how she’s been relating to the deceased’s family so reserve judgement of course it’s been in her conscience all the while…compassion

  • Cece March 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    It is clear that the family has been seeking revenge and didnt allow the case to rest especially as she has been in the spotlight every now and then. I read about their bitterness on how the case was settled during the period it occured . The 100,000 Is quite questionable though. I mean they might as well not have fined her at all. She really should have paid a much higher fine as a settlement to the family.

    But giving her this jail term after almost ten lost years will not resurect the dead oh! I truly sympathise with her at this time especially after a fairly recent marriage. May God be with her.

    • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Revenge or Justice. do not confuse the 2

      • Cece March 12, 2016 at 11:43 am

        In reply to Anonymous, Revenge and Justice are similar terms to the family in this scenario.

        Believe it or not, money goes a long way. Why are family members of Aircrash victims given any compensation? Currently, there are talks about their compensation being less than expected.. And will that bring back the dead? Nope!

        From what i remember, the family thought she didnt have a very good attitude especially as she sped off after her car hit the man. So i wont be surprised if they have been seeking revenge or what yo can call it

    • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Revenge or Justice, please do not confuse the 2 o

    • Hills March 12, 2016 at 1:13 am

      Your comment amazes me. It wasn’t the family, criminal cases are between the state and the accused. Also, justice must be served to act as a deterrence to other ‘influential’ people who think they are above the law.

  • swagg1 March 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Killer, she thought paying $100,ooo will compesate for her crime. She will have been in prison serving her time if this was abroad. Lets see whom she and her lawyers will bribe at the supreme court.

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Naira sef. Not dollar. Common 300 dollars when you killed a family’s breadwinner while driving drunk. Irresponsible slut

  • ….. March 11, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    She still looks drunk wearing this dress Seff

  • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    As usual Nigerians will always add sentiments to this issue. She was charged with manslaughter and hence the jail term. Fines are not an option in sentencing once guilt hsa been determined. Compensation to the family can only be applied in a civil case on a criminal one. She should spare everyone the trouble and serve her sentence with dignity

  • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    It’s now courts will sit up, those barbaric politicians responsible for loss of lives in the north east as a result of selfish interest are still walking free… God help us…

  • favour March 11, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Make she go supreme court na.. Better still make she Va sef! Wetin d family of who she kill go benefit from her going to jail? AbegiIiI…..

    • Ijebujesha March 12, 2016 at 2:22 am

      Spend less time on blogs and get an education. The family has little or no influence on a case involving human life. It is the State VS the accused Killer. Yes, the State stands to gain from her imprisonment because it will serve as a deterrent to other drunkard drivers and by extension it will reduce such incidences and by extension, government (acting as an agent of the State) would be fulfulling its core mandate of protecting human lives. If only young people could spend less time on social media, we would have less dumb comments as yours.

      • Corolla March 12, 2016 at 9:39 am

        @ijebujesha aka ITK, you sound so damn smug and self-righteous. Relax jare.

      • Cece March 12, 2016 at 12:29 pm

        @ Ijebujesha , Insulting yourself is not healthy. Its a sign of a poor mental state, you know

        If the family hadn’t bothered to make another appeal for a fairer and satisfactory judgement this case would not have been revisited. N100,000 with a not so good attitude from the offender is enough to make them pursue a re-opening of the case. I mean who in the system would have cared especially after ten years.

        And we all know how things work in Nigeria. Things can be a bit slack but with some pressure things

        Yes, It isnt the family who influenced the ruling but they must have been relentlessly pursuing the case.

    • Nwa baby March 12, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Ignoramus supremus!

  • DE SENATOR(dgn) March 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Short of words……….God’s Grace is highly. Needed in this situation

  • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Manslaughter is a criminal offense and compensation for the family is not even considered during the proceedings. if the family wants compensation they will have to file a civil suit.

  • goldfinch March 11, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Never drink and drive. If you must drink, don’t drive! If you must drive, don’t drink! The consequences of a DUI accident are severe.

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

      They will never learn oh! They want to turn up at an island event and drive home like “yooooo see. Me now”

  • Weezy March 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Bellanaija, can you revise this post to add that she is alleged to have killed someone? “Knocked down” makes it sound like she put someone in the hospital for a week.

  • Bey March 11, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    I feel no pity for Ibinabo I’m sorry.
    Let this be a warning for all those who drink and drive. This man was a son, husband and father, probably the bread winner. The wife wld be responsible for her kids singlehandedly. He didn’t need to die, but did bcos of Ibinabo’s irresponsibility. Let her go and spend atleast 1yr in jail. That will humble her.
    Ibinabo never showed much empathy for the victims family as I heard. She just paid the 100k and a part on d bank.

    • Lambda March 12, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Like you heard, from her or from other people who do not like her.

  • Sabi March 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    5 years in this our naija prison? It would seem like 20 years. Gosh!

  • trey March 11, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I hope it is not her AMVCA’s outfit that caused it. Dang! that outfit just won’t stop.

  • GoCiTi March 12, 2016 at 12:06 am

    To reduce drunk driving to its barest minimum in LAGOS is one of the main reason we set up an On-demand Driver hire service company called #GOCITI, where people can be rest assured of their safely back home after having more than enough to drink at a night out in the comfort and familiarity of their own car for a little fee.

    I hope she gets out of this mess.
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    .NOTE: Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice. It Is Rain That Grows Flowers, Not Thunder..

  • Wehsu March 12, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Obinabo… ibinabo… ebinabo…. hmmm… olorogun, amanayabo, onye-eze… Kai. Some of her colleagues that hate her will be laughing now.

  • Kay March 12, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Finally! Justice has been served, after all these years, I wondered what kind of judicial system we had, drinking and driving and killing someone in the process and walking around like nothing happened? The past came calling hun…answer

  • Confused March 12, 2016 at 2:17 am

    But I thought she had already served a jail term sometimes back, before coming to drag post with Emeka Ike

    • Corolla March 12, 2016 at 9:43 am

      I am confused too. I honestly thought she served a jail sentence and was released shortly before she ran for AGN presidency.

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:47 am

      3 weeks due to oronto Douglas and pdp conenctions

  • charmazing chick March 12, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I feel sorry for her.. for the family justice has been served.
    we know her going to jail cannot bring back the dead, and to think the court gave her an option of a 100k fine is just unbelievable and clearly shows the kind of country we are in…

    since 2005, if she had gone to jail, shey she would have been out since…and all of this would have been a thing of the past… her lawyers sef….

  • Brizola March 12, 2016 at 7:03 am

    In as much as I want Justice to be served, I feel bad for Ibinabo and I think 5years is too much. 100k for manslaughter is totally unfair too. May God see her through. I find it apalling that people are rejoicing at her fate, so because she was living her life to the fullest, she deserves jail term? May God have mercy on your bitter souls. It’s funny how someone who made a hate statement that led to death of youth corp members is president today, all forgotten and forgiven. Pastor TB Joshua is still free as a bird, I hope the lekki gardens MD and all the people found culpable get 25years to life sentences. At least there’s hope in our judicial system.

    • Ijebujesha March 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      I agree that T.B Joshua should be prosecuted and that the fact that Buhari whose 2011 loss led to the death of over 800 innocent lives has never had to answer to Justice and is even the President today speak volumes about the injustice that is Nigeria. However, those facts do not justify Ibinabo’s decade long attempt to escape Justice. If it was a mistake, it could be understandable. But when you are drunk and you get behind the wheels, there are likey consequences. When those likely consequences crystallize, you should be bold enough to face them. I have been following this case for its entire duration and I tell you what- that lady is very evil
      She has shown no remorse whatsoever for her actions. She only shows remorse when the possibility of a jail-term heightens like now. She has been very arrogant even in the courts.The victim was an only child to peasant parents who struggled to give him an education.He was a Medical Doctor, a Father who had kids schooling abroad, a loving husband and a caring son to his aged Mother. Most importantly, he was a human being with a life that no one had to cut short. Unless this woman wasn’t drunk on that night, by the sweat of all the world’s toiling parents struggling to give their kids a sound footing in life, by the tears of all the World’s orphans unsure of where the next meal is coming from-she will do that jail-term. Ase ti gun, aro ti romo!!!!

  • Miss Magic March 12, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I know justice had to be served, but who knows, she might have gotten a lesser sentence if she wasn’t in the media all the time. You can’t kill someone and be boldly parading the red carpet or be so active on social media, it’s not just fair to the family of the deseased. Though, her going to prison won’t bring back the dead, but the family wouldn’t have had peace if she wasn’t punished for her actions.

    • ziti March 12, 2016 at 8:57 am

      @Miss Magic: In fact I have been thinking about this too but haven’t been able to conclude properly: on one hand, if I make a (very tragic) mistake, I will have to live with the consequences for the rest of my life. In her case, maybe one of the consequences aside from jail time and driver’s licence renewal is the fact that she would have to live a low-key/minimal media exposure?
      On the other hand, should she continue to carry a sad face whenever she’s in public, to sort of atone for this?
      On yet another hand, if I was a family member of the deceased, would it be wrong of me to be irritated/upset when I see her smiling and walking the red carpet? Or should I try to forgive (i.e. ‘let’ her be happy), because we are human and prone to silly/horrible mistakes?

      • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

        Driving drunk is a choice. Not a horrible mistake.

  • jane(the real jane) March 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Ah! I thought she went to prison then o. Coz she came out forming repented. So how can she be going back to jail again. Its a messy situation. Unfortunately goin 2 jail 4 5yrs wnt raise d dead or even satisfy the victim’s family. It’s just a really sad situation.

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

      She did 3 weeks and used connections to leave

  • Nwa baby March 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Mother of 4, driving drunk.
    Hits someone’s son, husband, father, brother. He dies.
    This alleged culpril is then taken to court, found guilty and ordered to pay a paltry 100k for rhis offense which is not eligible for fines only. Even if a fine is due, it’s in addition to and not in lieu of imprisonment.
    To those saying ‘will this bring him back?’, continue to ask and pray this happens to you or yours. Then you will see that even if Ibinabo going to jail does not bring him back, the law is the law and must be served. And that your life/loved one’s like is worth more than 100k or even 100 million.
    That’s why Nigeria is sliding deeper and deeper into anarchy. Kill someone and ask for forgiveness and pardon. Forgiveness is not mutually exclusive to serving due punishment.

  • KMT March 12, 2016 at 9:12 am

    My dear you are in soup oh!

  • Eka Odee March 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Ibinabo that is life. Take it in good faith. It is not going to be easy but hold unto God. I also think you should have lied low until all this was over. To the family of the deasead you have to truly forgive. The Lord who has been your strength all this while will continually proof Himself in your lives. Talk is cheap it is those who feel it that truly know the pain of losing a loved one, especially in such circumstance. Finally, show pity and not rejoice over her. May the soul of Dr and all other faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

  • IJS March 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I’m sure the victims family will be more interested in her catering for them than her going to jail. I pray the supreme court reduces it to a lesser sentence. This is Nigeria where people hit people and run away.

  • beauty March 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Personally I feel sad for her. 10 years ago is a long time and I feel the court should have passed judgement earlier than now. She has already settled into being free and liberated, now 5 years in jail? That’s something…

  • Person March 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I thought BNers were more educated than this mess I’m seeing. She killed a human being by driving drunk. That fact is not in dispute. S.28 of The Road Traffic Law clearly provides that where a reckless and dangerous driving has caused the death of a person, the accused person shall be guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment of seven years. That is the law, again the law is not in dispute. She was charged under that law and the Magistrate Court ought to have imposed the maximum time allowed by law at sentencing.

    However, the Magistrate Court improperly exercised it’s discretionary power under Notice of Increase in Jurisdiction of Magistrates, No. 7 of 2006, which states that the Magistrate can only impose a maximum of seven years’ imprisonment or N100, 000.00 fine. However, the law creating the offence does not provide any court with the option of a fine after a conviction. Thus, the MC abused it’s discretionary power and it’s judgement was properly set aside by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

    Now, you guys are brandishing some kind of argumentem ad miscericordiam (appeal to pity), trying to distract from the truth. That is a fallacious argument and must not be allowed to stand. It doesn’t matter whether her going to prison will raise the dead or not, it won’t, but we don’t punish criminal cases because it will restore the victim to a previous condition! We punish criminal cases as a deterrent and to ensure the precarious balance of society. It’s that simple.

    • Monisola March 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      I am surprised by some of the comments too.
      This got nothing to do with the family, this is a criminal case that need to be closed properly with reasonable judgement.

    • Wale March 12, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Wo thank you! It looks like you are a legal professional-your explanation is well taken. If you can comeback anytime we need to have the nigerian legal matters interpreted. The legal journalist we have don’t do their jobs properly.

      • Person March 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm

        I am a legal professional 🙂 Maybe that is why I can look at it dispassionately and remove sentiments. Would love to get my hands on the judgement of the HC, should make some very interesting reading.

    • Hills March 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      It baffles me as well.

  • prince March 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    This is sad. what kind of thing is this

  • Suwa March 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Judgemental people kawai! Did she intentionally knocked down the man ne? Have mercy on her biko.

  • luvnaija March 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Evil is evil! Nigerians are fond of pointing fingers or comparing all sorts of criminal misdemeanour, eg lekki garden issue being compared to TB J, Buhari careless statement that turned a bloody bath, BH and fulani herdsmen rampage! Let’s call evil what it is and stop this nonsense comparisons and justifications. She should serve her term and move on! If lekki garden/TB is found guilty they should also serve term! Call evil what it is instead of comparing apples/oranges! And by the way no one has even deemed it fit to sue PMB for the blood/baboon comment not even civil society!
    Hmmm

  • deb March 12, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I expect more intelligent comments from Bellanaija commentators, I miss bleedblue, madman, jscgirl, atlanta finest. This lady killed someone in an accident under the influence of alcohol and you are saying orisirisi. It is already a matter between the accused and the state. She must go to jail. I don’t have time to quote the law but you can gain more knowledge by asking your lawyer

  • Awesome6 March 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    she wasnt drunk she was being chased by armed rubbers when she crashed on another vehicle where a life was lost its unfair for her to be jailed

    • tolu March 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Dont say what u dont know pls. Even she herself cant say that.

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Lol why did she flee the scene? Why did she refuse to make a public apology saying “it will ruin my career”? Abeg

  • Harrison King Godday March 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    the fine and sentence are both insulting 100k as fine for someone who read medicine???? nd also the bread winner of his family?? smh my dear five years is small coz i know before two years time she’ll still be out and host a 500k worth of party for being realised.

  • Oversabi March 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I am glad to read all of this. To the family of the doctor that died – I hope they find resolution. To Ibinabo, find the meaning in what has happened and make it work. Maybe this is how you get to improve prison conditions in Nigeria. DO a reality show or something from jail. To all commenters, I am glad to hear that all lives matter. If someone dies, it seems the majority want justice. Now we have a big job ahead of us. LEt me start from Ibi’s state. Who is going to punish Amaechi for all the people who died as a result of accessing the salaries they earned so that they could have the resources for wellbeing when he decided to not pay staff salaries for 6 months prior to the election so that he could fund Buhari’s election? That is Murder 1…maybe manslaughter because his lawyer might argue he did not know such an action will command such consequences and for so many. What about all the people that died the past few months because the ruling class let the dollar rise at will? there are many people who did not go to hospital, could not afford food and fell sick and died, could not afford meds from teh chemist, could not afford transportation and lost thir jobs and that led to them become exposed to opne condition or the other that is the reason for their death. WHo is going to hold Buhari accountable for that one? Or should it be the CBN governor? Death is death. Death by bad policy or death by auto vehicle or death by a gun or knife is still death

    • i no send March 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      what is this one yarning?? ok rewind all these your accusations to 1980 and let everyone be brought to book..you be real oversabi

      • Oversabi March 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        You have a point. Why not? I am all for a rewind. Sovereign wealth is sovereign wealth and murder is murder is murder irrespective of when the crime occurred or who died. We will have to send most of our fathers to jail and 99.999% of Nigerians will be comfy in relative terms and even imf will come to borrow money from us and there will be plenty money for nation building.

  • Nwanma March 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Chai! To think i was looking at her traditional marriage pictures just two days ago. Justice must be served.
    This goes out as a lesson to all sorts of people that murder,rape,steal and incite others(Buhari) and think they can escape punishment because of their status.

  • Nwa baby March 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    She was drunk so it wasn’t intentional to kill the guy. But she drank and drove intentionally. The law is the law.

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:53 am

      She fled the scene and was forming diva for the family

  • S March 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    The person she killed was a respected medical practitioner – my dad’s colleague. The 100k fine was an insult to the worth of the man and to his grieving family. I’m glad justice has been served after so long. And I hope more people will learn that drink driving will eventually put you and others to harm.

  • Joseph March 12, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Naija!!! We are too quick to judge when we ourselves can’t stand the flame of Truth. Agreed Dr. Suraj died unfortunately in that accident as a result of her driving under influence. But let’s be reasonable it could have gone either way. My people no one kills another without a permanent scare. Let’s allow what the Land deems as punishment for driving under influence not for killing Dr. Suraj because no amount of punishment will bring him back. To the family bear. To Ibinabo time for sober reflection and extension of goodwill to the family of the late Doctor. Change begins with the individual. Thanks

  • Alexander Mccathy March 13, 2016 at 10:03 am

    It’s so so so unfortunate…..

  • Angela Nwokolo March 13, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    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!
    Angela Nwokolo
    Women go for Safety Initiative
    nwokoloangela@yahoo.com

    • Passingby March 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Long write up must admit I didn’t read it just skim through to see if you had any tangible evidence to support your drunk diagnosis , I.e her blood alcohol level on the day or perhaps her breath analysis result. Non all , mostly personal stuff .Let’s be honest it’s got Notting to do with justice and everything to do with vindictiveness. Let’s not bear false witness , all because we want to justify a jolly lynching.

      • kene Eke March 14, 2016 at 5:05 am

        Read it. weak brain, this is the most articulate article that calls for Ibinabo’s freedom.

  • Anonymous March 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    The woman did not deem it fit to look for the deceased family.Jide the first born,Eniola the only girl and the last son all are on facebook.
    Their mum joined deeper life church because of the incident and thank God for western world.
    How would she have taken care of the 3 children.
    The Giwas are my friends

  • femi fat March 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    so what happens to d nightclub who keep selling alcohol even when there sure d consumer is already drunk.?

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

      There are still snakes in the bush it is your choice to play with them or refrain.

  • Mc Blak Prince March 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I think sparing the rod only spoils a child… True the dead will not return whether she serves the jail term or not but its obviously true that no indiscipline should be tolerated from someone who consciously gets drunk and drive. You dont play with fire and expect not to get burnt.

    @Femi Fat… what will you do with a customer who keeps ordering for more?
    some people want to drink to d point of no return so you can not accuse the night club because am sure every business aims @ making profit.

    She has done it… she should be lucky she wasn’t sentenced to Life Imprisonment or Death too.
    If you ask me…. if she was not drunk how could she had gotten into such an act…. did she do it intentional then?

    well any way you look at it …. every crime deserves a punishment..?

    But God knows best.

    Thank you!

  • Matthew Dickson March 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    That’s so so unfair. .she killed someone 2006 and they did nothing about it. 2016 she’s now sentenced to 5years imprisonment. Does it even make sense, will this bring back the dead to life. people can be so cruel, why can’t they just forget it and believe everything happens for a reason. why are they Christians when they can’t even forgive her. Our so called politicians that are killing people here and there are free in the country, but the masses who kill by mistakes are being punished… This is part of corruption and God is not happy about it no matter how guilty she is, it’s a past event. She being jailed after 10 years of crime makes no sense , it’s a sin in the sight of God. Just being honest

    • mememe March 17, 2016 at 11:57 am

      She paid 100k, refused to issue a public apology claiming it would ruin her career. Showed no remorse to the family and when she was first sentenced a couple of years back, she used connections to get out after 3 weeks. 5 years is not enough. 5 years is adequate for driving drunk alone. 25 years to life is goood if you kill someone during such an irresponsible act.

  • Roseberry March 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    It’s really a sad one…… Just imagine …
    I’m checking her profile after “she gets outta jail”: Ibinabo Fiberesima: Actress, former AGN president, ex-convict, wife, mother…. Whoa!!
    I don’t wish this on anyone, but she should have offered the public apology (according to @mememe) when the case was still hot, and let the issue go.
    She probably never thought the case would come back this hard to haunt her after 10years.
    Well.. Even celebrities in developed countries go to jail for evading tax, let alone manslaughter.
    I pray God gives her the courage. Close your eyes, Ibi, you’ll be out in 5 years…..

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