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An Eyewitness tells Charles Novia – “How I Saved Ibinabo’s Life on the Night of the Accident”



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Nollywood has been in a state of understandable inertia since the news came out of the blues that Ibinabo Fiberesima lost her case at the Appeal Court in Lagos and was sent straight to Prison on Friday the 11th of March 2016.

A lot of people thought that the case was done with long ago and we were surprised that it had cropped up again with the implications of a five year jail term for Ibinabo.

And the reactions thus far have not been in anyway hostile to the Court’s judgement. Not at all. The industry is enlightened enough to bow to the ruling of the law and respect it as it behoves on everyone. The collective shock expressed is because Ibinabo is a beautiful soul. She’s one of us. And one for all and all for one.

With opinions divided in the public sphere over the judgement, it has been saddening to read uninformed comments by lots of people about the case and some vitriol on the person of Ibinabo by many who don’t even know her. Of course, everyone would have an opinion and that cannot be taken from anyone. But such terms which ring of untruths that ‘she was drunk that night and coming from a night club’ or ‘she killed someone’ are absolutely untrue. It’s quite sad that we have no investigative journalists anymore or that truth these days battle with coloured lies and no one does anything about it.

In the past few days, Nollywood and Entertainment chat groups on whatsapp ( and there are many but credible ones I belong to) have been brainstorming on what next to do in this case. The law is the law and of course it is a possibility that Ibinabo would be behind bars for some time while everyone make efforts to take the next legal options to help her. But the entertainment industry has never been this united in showing sympathy and solidarity for one of us.unprecedented. And so with chat groups proferring ideas on what to do next ( with high profile celebrity visits already carried out to Kirikiri to reassure Ibinabo by over fifty celebrities on Sunday the 13th of March) someone sent a munched shot of the instagram page of the daughter of the late Doctor Giwa who was reacting to Ibinabo’s son’s public plea for prayers for his mother. The munched shot showed that the daughter was understandably bitter and pained by her father’s death but to many who read it in the chat group, it betrayed a lack of the real facts and had a one – sided narrative which accused Ibinabo of ‘being drunk from a night club outing’ and ‘running away from the scene of the accident’ after it happened. I also read the open letter of the sister of late Doctor who understandably gave an emotionally – charged one-sided narrative of what she believes happened and ended her letter by applauding the Justice system for vindicating her understandable anger towards Ibinabo for the past eleven years.

There’s a saying in Pidgin English which says ‘na talk dey bring talk’ and what happened thereafter this week is the stuff movies are made of. No pun intended. It was totally unexpected.

One of the most important personalities in Nollywood in the chat group, obviously distressed at the wrong notion about Ibinabo by the deceased daughter blurted out that ‘you know, Guys? There are facts of the case which I know and which haven’t come to light all these years. My brother was an eye witness and saw all what happened that night’

The reaction was one of stunned questions. And immediately, I made the decision to interview the eye witness to find out what he really saw and what it was that happened which the public may not have heard these years. I decided to do this as a public service responsibility first and also to put whatever the new facts are in the public domain for posterity to prove or dispel. And if these new revelations would help heal wounds and bring about a new dawn of forgiveness and understanding, then so be it.

I got the number of the eye witness from his sister in the chat room and called him. Now, let me state here that this is no fiction. This fellow is real and is willing to expose himself to the public anytime to state what he saw. I have decided not to put his surname out ( even though he says he doesn’t mind) at this point in time but that doesn’t detract from the real facts of this story.

‘Good afternoon, Mr De Gaulle. Your sister gave me your number to call you to find out what happened that night. My name is Charles Novia’ I said, when he answered, my pen and recorder ready.

‘Oh ok. Yes, she told me you would call. My name is De Gaulle ( surname protected by me) You see, I’m ready to come out to testify or say whatever happened that night of the accident because it happened in my presence. I witnessed it and saw everything. We were many who saw what happened that evening and I assumed that others might have told the world what really went down but I’m surprised to read so many untrue things about what happened at the scene of the accident that evening’ He said.

‘Please go ahead, Sir. I’m taking notes and recording’ I said

‘ Ok. I saw Ibinabo a few years ago ( about six years ago) in Port Harcourt at a restaurant called Gessy ( or Jessy?). She was with some of your colleagues and my sister was there too. I told my sister that ‘Hey! That’s that girl whom I helped at the scene of the accident years ago’. My sister was surprised and called Ibinabo to meet me. And when I told her what I’m about to tell you, she was surprised and quiet for a long time.

That evening, what happened was that the Doctor’s car was coming from the Victoria Island axis of the first Lekki Roundabout which leads into the Lekki Phase One Estate, while another SUV which was being driven by Ibinabo was coming out from the estate, if I remember correctly. I cannot tell who was speeding or what but we heard a loud crash and then I think the doctors car somersaulted while the other car driven by Ibinabo was flung a few metres to the other side.

‘Was it midnight or late at night?’ I asked

‘No!’ Mr De Gaulle replied with much emphasis. ‘ It was early evening. There was still the last trace of evening light. It might have been just before seven o’clock or after seven. But it wasn’t late

So what happened was that the Doctor’s car was upside down and somehow his hand was crushed and he was trapped in the car. Immediately a few Area Boys and bystanders rushed to him to try and help him out of the crushed car. I quickly parked my car and came out to help as I rushed to the doctors car. A few other cars stopped as well.

I noticed that the other car was motionless and no one really was paying much attention to that car. What got my attention was the special number plates on the car which read ‘ DANIEL WILSON’ a popular musician in the nineties in Nigeria.

When I got to the doctor’s car, the area boys and bystanders were gathered round the car and were trying to help the man out of the car in the upturned vehicle. At that point, the man was very much alive. I swear he was alive and groaning but he was alive. His arm was crushed or underpinned by the impact of the car and I still think that it was the inexperience of the area boys and bystanders in trying to pull the man out of the car, which killed him faster.

I am sorry to say that but that is my belief because of what I saw. The people who gathered round that car may have meant well but they were also callous in responding to the emergency and were dragging at the man, trying to pull him from the crushed car.

The doctor kept crying out ( and I heard everything clearly because I saw it and was even telling the crowd to be gentle) and was shouting ‘ No! Take it easy! I’m a doctor. Don’t pull me like that. Easy!’. I heard everything.

At this time, all attention was on the doctor. And I heard someone in the crowd say that if anything happened to the man, they would make sure the occupant in the other car suffers.

Immediately I heard that, I went to the other car because I thought it was Daniel Wilson involved from the number plates. I was surprised to see a fair-skinned lady behind the wheel, unconscious and still. There was another lady in the car with her in the front seat. I think it was a young lady of about sixteen years or a teenager. That young lady was weeping and shaking.

After hearing what the guys at the other side had said about the occupant of the car, my first instinct was to get them to safety or to the hospital. I asked the young lady ‘ is there anyone you can call to take you people to the hospital? You and this woman have to leave this place now and get to a hospital’

I helped stop a taxi and helped carry the unconscious Ibinabo to the car and the taxi took them away.

Then I now returned to the other car of the late Doctor. When I got there, another set of cars full of some doctors had arrived the scene. The doctors said they were coming from some kind of meeting or event near the beach or somewhere near if I remember and that the bleeding occupant of the car was their colleague whom they had seen earlier.

By the time I got back, the car had been turned to a standing position but I believe it was too late for the injured person in that car at that point.’

‘ So you say the doctor in the car was alive when the accident happened?’ I asked.

‘ He was. There was no immediate emergency care to help him from competent medical personnel as what would obtain today and the crowd tried to help him out and he was calling out in pain. It was sad and painful. So when I saw Ibinabo a couple of years later in Port-Harcourt and told her that I was the person who removed her from the car and put her in a taxi, she was speechless and quaky. She too could have died that evening. She didn’t run away from the scene of the accident at all. I was the person who put her in a taxi to a hospital ‘

‘Why did it take you such a long time to come out to tell this story?’ I asked

‘ I have been in and out of Nigeria these past ten years. And I actually thought too that the case was done with all this while. I was surprised to hear that she was just sent to jail. Look, it was an unfortunate thing which happened. And I am ready at anytime, ANYTIME if I am called upon to testify on what I saw. It happened before my eyes. If my testimony would help put facts straight, I am ready’

I got in touch with Daniel Wison who corroborated that Ibinabo drove his SUV that night in question. ‘She’s my sister. We are from the same state and local government. It was the week of my mother’s burial and Ibinabo had come from Port-Harcourt to help me with the burial. She was wonderful and really supportive. That day, she needed the car to get to somewhere on the island and I asked her to pick any from the pool of cars in my compound. I was surprised when I got a call a couple of hours later that there was an accident. I rushed to the hospital, St Nicholas, and she was unconscious. But when she came out of it, she was delirious and traumatised. She was shaky. Look Charles, Ibinabo is a gentle soul. It was unfortunate that the accident happen but it was not intentional in anyway. And we have been begging the family of the late doctor. Who said we haven’t begged? I personally, made numerous visits to the house to see the widow and elders of the family. We attended the burial of the doctor. I was there. We begged and begged. Not because we think begging could bring the man back but just because it’s human nature to forgive. So, it’s not true that we remained aloof’ Daniel concluded.

It’s been much of a nagging battle for me to decide if I should put out this story or not. The initial hesitation was borne out of the fact that many people would misconstrue the new testimony as somewhat of a convenient revelation just to help a colleague, seeing that we are in the same industry.

But at the end of my internal consideration, a part of me decided to put it out anyway. First, to record a new chronicle of the whole sad accident which millions, including me, never knew happened. It’s better to be on the side of history which stands for true reportage of events in this case. And since Mr De Gaulle is very willing to give his account to any reporter or law enforcement agent for some measure of revision, I am prepared too to give out his number to members of the fourth estate of the realm and even the late doctor’s family to find out more from the fellow himself.

Finally, I have always maintained that we all are bound by the laws of our society. Ibinabo is serving a sentence passed by a law court and we respect that. We sympathise with her and as an industry would share the comfort between her and the family of the late Doctor.

But the final closure of this matter, beyond the law and prison sentence she would serve, rests on the family of the late Dr Giwa really. Now that there is a final vindication, as gleamed from the letter by the late doctor’s sister, what happens after Ibinabo serves her sentence? Would the family carry the hurt till the end of time?

Read the letter from Dr Giwa’s Sister HERE

A platform for reconciliation and forgiveness has to be set in motion. This is not just about the law now but about healing. Healing. Healing for all parties.


  1. Tosin

    March 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm


    • kk11

      March 17, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Bellanaija and co, do you all know what contempt is by law? This case is still in court for pete sake.

    • bunmi

      March 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      calm down this has absolutely nothing to do with contempt!!!

    • slice

      March 17, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      There is no contempt here. s

    • Anoy

      March 18, 2016 at 2:18 am

      I have neva commented on this blog before,but i will take the time to bcos of those throwing insults at the Family of Late Dr Giwa. People die daily bcos of reckless drivers,and unfortunately they survive while the Victim dies(dis shld nt be so &u will feel differently if ur loved ones ar d victim). I am a close family friend of the family and my dad would have bin part of that accident,and might have bin seating directly behind d late doctor(meaning he wud hv bin dead). But he did nt mk d meeting.Uncle Lambe is one of the family memba in the car and till today he is leaping due to d accident(tank God 4his life). Ibinabo did a hit and run in dec 2005,just 2months before she did dis one dt eventually caused a life. She hid and was arrested 3days after and yes there is proof she was drunk then.She was neva remorseful and Daniel Wilson even did more begging to d family dan she. A lot of time she wud nt show up at court,rather pixs wud be every where wt her and Fred Amata galivating(who she started dating also). Family&Friends was planning a surprised 50th bday for Dr Giwa,who unfortunately did nt get to see dt age. His children were very little wt d eldest bin just 14th and d youngest 9 as of den.They hv bin deprived of a father for life at such young age,just cos of her non-chalant attitude on the high way.So b4 shouting she has kids,doesnt d late Dr Giwa’s Kids also have a right to a father presence,which unfortunately dey wud neva have? At least Ibinabo wud still see her kids in dis World.What of the aged mother who had to bury her child! Death cms to everyone,but the circumstances shld be judged. A friend of mine was hit last month while walking on the pavement on his way to work by a drunk danfo driver,and he had to undergo surgery on his 2 legs and is still recovering,while d driver ran away.We heard of d 25yrs old girl who just cm to spend xmas in niaja dt was killed by a hit and run driver also. Pls stop condemning d family who are still mourning his lost and be sensitive and respectful to d judicial system. Ibinabo was busy chasing Actors guild presidency and was neva sensitive to d lost of a great man,who helps d poor and sick without a dime wt his medical career. But if u feel cos he is 6feet under and nothing can bring him back,so why mk her pay for her crime,then may u be in similar situation and neva get d justice u deserve. We all need to learn that we own it to ourselves to be careful while driving cos other road users lives depend on it. Celebrity or not we are all equal in d eyes of God. And pls know d family are well off,but d State Govt refused 2 drop d case. What of d countless and senseless death dt happens everyday just bcos d victim is unknown or poor? Pls let dis serve as a lesson to dos who feel dey are bigger dan d law. The poor man who steals gets more prison sentence dan dis,and we are talking abt d death of someone. U shld hv seen his body,he died a painful death. A jeep landed on his back and d steering crushes his chest frm a different lane despite d high curbings.But did she even care to help my orda Uncles trapped in d car &in pain? No she fled d scene!!! Is dt a role model? D sis has every right to be happy,won’t u if its ur brother who was killed cos of Ibinabo? She kept pressuring my Dad on d Phone to tell dem to drop d case as it wud destroy her career. Dat was all she cared abt! But how many times did she cm in person to beg,she is too self-centered .

    • kk11

      March 18, 2016 at 4:45 am

      @Bunmi, @Slice
      publication of material on a case that is presently before the court is a contempt on its own because its likely to jeopardize a fair trial. Late Giwa’s sister write today, an eyewitness writes tomorrow, a nose witness next tomorrow. This matter is already before the law court, when a case is before the court, you are expected to shushhh!! and let the court decide. By the way, where was this so called witness when ibinabo’s case was [email protected] the lower court? Why was he/she there to testify in her support? I can’t even bother myself reading it.

    • jhennique

      March 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

      wazz wrong with this one? @kk11 contempt of what????

    • Madmeneverywhere

      March 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

      This fool thinks this is Nollywood and their crap writing. Which Taxi man will open door and pick unconscious passagers alone and take them to hospital ….beside where the accident happened isnt Luth closer than st Nicolas
      Bullshit story !!!!! –

    • Lagos is my home

      March 18, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Shame on you Bella Naija
      Dont you have family that you choose to put up this fake nonsense
      If u wanted to be objective then you would have looked at d court documents

      Ibinabo walked out of the accident on her own. Even she is not in dispute with that fact and checked into hospital the next day not that same day. The car was later found of having no plate number even that is not in dispute . What Ibinabo is saying is that it was an accident not intentionally.

      Bella Naija you should truly be ASHAMED OF YOURSELF .

    • WoW

      March 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Stay around in Naija after accidentally killing somebody? Are you kidding me? Jungle justice is rife here people. Better hand yourself over to police except the victim is still alive.

    • Linda come and carry your people

      March 19, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Please go and wear pad, we dnt need all these monthly cycle releases…. biko make sane comments abeg…

    • Yetunde

      March 18, 2016 at 9:07 am

      First her son came with the comma lie which was proven in court . People saw her walking away from the accident taking all documents. …

      so now its time to fake witness account .

      What next tomorrow. ….we already heard the breast tumour suddenly

      Keep the lies flowing –

    • Angela nwokolo

      March 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

      That is not a proper way to handle such an issue like this. You certainly lack understanding of the whole matter. The case is not about the Giwas and Ibinabo. It is the government and Ibinabo. The case failed when Ibinabo’s lawyer failed to establish it was actually an accident that is unrelated to reckless driving. As much as the Giwas may not benefit from the imprisonment of Ibinabo, it will heal them psychologically especially knowing that justice has been served and a woman that did not exhibit any form of sympathy over the death of their father whether through inappropriate conduct or not is put behind the bars to reform. However, there is more to life than getting Ibinabo in the gulag. Let forgiveness take first place in all the discussions because all these media sympathy does not make much sense in assisting Ibinabo’s issue afterall, Mike Tyson went to prison. The way to help Ibinabo is to commence a peace process with the late Giwa’s family. When this has been accomplished even if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling of the Appeal Court, then we can now approach NGOs working on road crash victims to appeal to the Family to forgive, thereafter they will jointly visit the Governor to ask for clemency. Any attempt to use the influence of social status will enhance the damage and the Civil Society groups will stand behind the family in such a way that may even make any governor that visits her case very unpopular. For now, let us focus attention on the Family of the late Dr. Giwa. Ibinabo grossly messed up at various stages. From disappearing from the crash scene to exhibiting nonchalant attitude whilst the case was still in court. In any case, what has happened about the demise of Dr. Giwa cannot be reversed, may the Almighty comfort his loved ones. My special appeal to the family is to forgive and kindly overlook any perceived misconduct of Ibinabo, actually, this is where their pain will start healing from and God’s abundant mercy will be upon them. Let’s not act half clever by bringing up evidence that will be of no value and cannot be substantiated.
      [email protected]

    • Minka

      March 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Madam Anoy! It’s okay if you’re writing as the late Doctor’s sister. Don’t come out claiming you are close to the family and then stating at the end of your story that Ibinabo called your dad to drop the case. Conflicting statements are not needed at this moment. I pray God grants you all the comfort you need at this trying moment.

  2. Tabitha

    March 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Nice try.
    How convenient that this good Samaritan is just showing up now.

    • nwamaka

      March 17, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Exactly, nice try

    • slice

      March 17, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      And if it were your family, you wouldn’t care when he showed up.

      But biko how hard is it to provide hospital records. I know keeping records is not our strong suit but that would help

    • Jo!

      March 18, 2016 at 7:28 am

      You will find hospital records of 20 years ago, especially in a place like St Nicholas, I’m pretty sure they have the records, whether the police tried to find them is another matter.
      I hate how Nigerians lose all objectivity the moment we’re emotionally involved, like this case and Richard Nyongs case, actions have consequences, good or bad, be ready to live with the consequences of your intentional or not intentional actions, OK?

    • WoW

      March 18, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Let Mercy Triumph over Vendetta, She did not kill out of malice.

  3. Gorgeous

    March 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Story for the God’s. Ibinabo story is not today. If this guy was a credible witness he would have come out when the case was being decided. How come non of the other occupants in the car ever said what this guy is saying. By the way, the man’s inlaw was in the car. Please respect the dead and let Ibinabo serve her term. The case has been determined. She was found drunk.. Alcohol addicts drink early in the morning sef, and people party all hours of the day. So this means nothing.

    • slice

      March 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Gorgeous, you don’t know how horrible the Nigerian system can be. Let them investigate again
      If u ever cause an accident in Nigeria that kills someone, and you see a crowd coming ur way, I suggest you run. Many have been roasted for less. And the police won’t help you

    • Abiks

      March 17, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      @ Gorgeous:it’s so sad u think this way. Am neither in support or against Ibinabo serving jail term. But one thing have come to realise is that we are to quick to judge. An accident happened, on of the parties involved died and w Nigeria automatically points accusing fingers on the other person involved because th person survived the accident. This is very sad. Have we thought about other things, what if it was her that died that day n the Drs’ life was spared? What would have happened? What if it was actually another car that caused the accident n they both tried to prevent it while that car survived the crash n drove off? Come to think of it, does it make sense for someone that just had an accident ( tumbled car) come out o the car fast, bring out what she can use to remove her plate number, remove it n flee from the scene. Does it make sense t anyone? Am not saying justice should not be served but is it worth it? Blaming the person alive for the accident……… G plenty

    • Cocolette

      March 18, 2016 at 12:38 am

      I always wonder about this case. How was Ibinabo found drunk? Breathalyser? Any blood alcohol tests? What evidence is there exactly? The sister of the man said Ibinabo’s car was upturned on top of the Doctor’s car, how did Ibinabo and the other occupant manage to climb out of that same upturned car, remove plate numbers? Did they stand on top of the doctor’s car to do that? After removing the plate numbers, how did they manage to run from the scene? We all know how lagos mobs are, no lagos mob would have let her sneak away. I feel like there is not enough evidence either for or against her, and we are just going with the dictates of our emotions. It all doesn’t add up

    • Gorgeous

      March 18, 2016 at 1:44 am

      Please this story is a very false story. I don’t have time to tear it apart but there are a lot of holes. One thing that is consistent is the sister’s version of the story.
      For someone to be in Lekki Phase 1 or approach it and go over the curb to the other side, shows she was overspeeeing terribly. For the force to overturn the car on the other side shows she was reckless. So with that, a manslaughter charge will stick.
      Now, claiming that she was at any danger of a burning, such can never happen in Lekki Phase 1. Maybe Oshodi and even Ikeja. But not Lekki. There was no fear of a mob, and no mob will kill an unconscious person. I have witnessed accidents in Lagos and the first instinct is to get all the injured to the hospital.
      If Ibinabo was also unconscious the helpers would have helped her to the hospital, with credible eye witnesses following her to explain what happened. They would have taken her to LUTH (the cheaper option on the island) or a hospital close by Lekki and not St Nicholas. There are many hospitals in Lekki.
      No Lagos driver will take an injured person alone in his car. Lai Lai. With all the checkpoints? He is playing with a ritual charge.
      This story is a cock and bull story. Most hilarious is the guy claiming to be on one side of the road, after claiming that Ibinabo’s car jumped to the side of the road the doctor was driving on. Did the car jump back? At the same time all this was happening, as he is a superman, hearing all the mobs thoughts, seeing all their actions( from the other side of the road) fearing a mob, and then having the guts to remove her from the car, hail and cab and the car drive off without action from the so called threatening mob. What about the other passengers in the car! What happened to them? How come the mob did not burn them alive after Ibinabo’s narrow escape??? This story is rubbish. Nollywood script, badly written with shallow thoughts as usual. I thought Charles claimed to be intelligent before typing this ish???

    • Teri

      March 18, 2016 at 3:28 am

      Gorgeous you clearly have a working brain

      Standing ovation. !!!!!!!

      Maybe Bella Naija need to employ you on their team. If they had you they would never have posted such a ridiculous story.

    • cookie

      March 18, 2016 at 3:57 am

      Exactly!! Cocolette – Which court convicts someone without undeniable proof? In 2016? Without blood alcohol tests and breathalyzer how do you prove that she was drunk? Hearsay?? Really? In a court of law? Whats the scientific evidence that she was drunk? On what grounds was she found guilty.

      Also, I actually believe this Charles Novia story. I find it difficult to believe that her car upturned and she still had the physical strength to flee the scene. She should have been unconscious, or if conscious, traumatized. It’s highly unlikely that after such a head on collision, she immediately stood, removed car plates (how on earth did she do that? With what tools?) and ran away and nobody stopped her.

      That only happens in Nollywood movies naa. Haba.

    • M

      March 18, 2016 at 2:54 am

      The problem with Ibinabo is not that she hit someone , accident happened
      It is her actions after it happened that showed she is EVIL , WICKED and So PROUD
      1. She didnt care of the dying people just took name plates , documents and ran
      Can we please stick to the facts established by evidence . This was proven true in court

      2. SHe wont even say sorry

      3. Still Galivanting up and down so proudly

      4. Go read her past inteview , no mention of the family pain just her her her

      5. Her son lied that she was in Comma.
      Another fact established in court. She walked out ,no taxi in unconscious state . There were multiple witness even a survivor in the car

      6. When she was eating with Jonathan , never remembered the doctors children
      7. Has been known to have mutiple affairs breaking Homes

      Madam Ibinabo i hope you spend more than 5years in Jail , you are a wicked woman .

    • M

      March 18, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Fnd your own ID on BN pls . That one is already taken. I am M!!

    • Ada Nnewi

      March 18, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Most of the people saying negative things here have never been on an accident scenes where there are area boys especially in Nigeria 10 years ago. English will let not help you. Jungle Justice is very real. This eyewitness account sounds very plausible… Abeg IJGB’s in the building, Nigeria us not obodo oyibo, if you accidentally hit someone especially on the mainland and at night don’t get out of your car. You will be lynched. Track down the person’s family by the car’s plate number or ask around the area the next day or report yourself at the police station in your zones. But do not get down from your car especially if you are a woman you will probably be gangbanged and killed.

    • Minka

      March 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Late Doctor’s sis again? Haba! I understand how pained you are but you’re causing yourself more pain by trying to take vengeance. Take it to God in prayer and let him deal with the rest of it. I don’t think she went out that evening with any intent to kill. It could have happened to anyone; No need for insults now.

    • nene

      March 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      please give me a break. there is an obvious bias in this. mr good samaritan, did u attempt to send dr giwa to the hospital after u sent the “movie star” to the hospital? abeg hollywood people should just stop it, she must go to jail, so it can be a warning to everyone that being a celebrity or being connected will not guarantee u freedom, especially in cases like this. she might be a scapegoat, cuz many people get away with what she has done, but life is like that so deal with it.

  4. lea valley

    March 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Enough of this biko. The law is the law. Let us move on

    • Ann1

      March 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Nice try Ibinabo, wonder how much you paid for this fake witness account. Where was he during the trial. Mcheeeew. You still have to face the long arm of the law.

  5. baby4u2

    March 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This account is very bad. It cannot save her in any law court sorry. His still saying I think. Not sure? Go call another eye witness Mr Novia, until then your story us just talky talky like you like to do.

    • slice

      March 17, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      What you’ve stated actually makes him.more credible. No witness of a case from ten years ago should be sure of all the details

  6. baby4u2

    March 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm


  7. Apples

    March 17, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Abeg enough!!!! Let her serve her jail terms jejelly, ewon plenty stories everyday????? Enough already!!!!

  8. Chilota

    March 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    As it is right now … We just leave it in Gods hands as this is indeed a difficult situation for all parties involved.

    • slice

      March 17, 2016 at 10:50 pm


  9. Green

    March 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Perhaps it’s the urge to stand in with the minority who I feel do not have as much “media pull” as Ibinabo and her “influential” circle but this alleged and-*ahem-very convenient eyewitness seems off to me. If what Mr witness and Charles say is true, then I’m sure they have enough grounds for revisiting the case. I hope Charles also knows that he just threw his objectivity right out the window.

  10. oj's friend

    March 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    When did this accident occur?Was it late at night?
    Was she actually drunk?
    Is it because the doctor died?If Ibinabo had died,would the doctor be jailed?
    Who was really at fault?So many versions of the story
    Is it because she is popular?People die from accident everyday
    I still do not believe Ibinabo never apologized to the widow and family
    A driver ran into my dad and crushed his life at age 49.The guy going to jail wouldn’t have brought my dad back.
    I know what we went through,especially my mum
    I honestly don’t understand this story sha

    • Ck

      March 17, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Exactly, is there proof Ibinabo was at fault? How did they know she was drunk if they claim she was no where to be found at the scene.
      I believe it’s Cos she’s famous and also because she’s alive. If he was alive and she died they’d throw him in jail which is unfair. Manslaughter should be proved beyond reasonable doubt not any one who survives an accident goes to jail for the death of the other without details of who truly is at fault.
      That’s why in reality hardly do people go to jail for accidents because it has to be priced beyond reasonable doubt which is hard to achieve especially as Nigeria doesn’t have a system or resources for it. They’re using her as a scapegoat because she’s a celeb

    • Ck

      March 17, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      I meant price not priced

  11. FasholasLover

    March 17, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    This is just so sad. The loss of life and the attendant whahala. If indeed ibinabo drove under the influence, she deserves time in jail. But, if this account is anything to go by and it was an unfortunate accident , after 5 yrs in jail then what? One of the things that irks the family of the doctor if the sister’s narrative is anything to go by is the “fact” that ibinabo “left” the scene of the accident.

    Now, knowing what the mob does to anyone involved in an accident once there is a fatality, would it make sense for ibinabo to stick around? Furthermore, the jeep she was driving flipped. If true would she have bn in any state to help the deceased? Who confirmed that she was under the influence of “something” – “anything”? At this point it is a whole lot of they said, she said.

    May the deceased soul rest in peace. This is not easy all round.

  12. lami

    March 17, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I am so disappointed in charles novia and the so called eye witness. Where was this person all this years , instead of giving us the stupid excuse of being away and bla bla.
    Please the court have decided she should go and serve her time. And I think it is insensitive for the writer to sugget that ibinabo’s going to jail will not change anything.
    Inshort all my sympathy for ibinabo is gone cos of this write up.

  13. X-Factor

    March 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Dear Mr Novia
    My preference would be to be silent and pray for Ibinabo and the Giwa’s family on this matter,However, based on my perception of what the intention of your write up is(I may be wrong though), I guess you would have succeeded in solidifying some level of solidarity with Nollywood in lending a voice for Ibinabo if you had or better still can get the details of Ibinabo’s file from St Nicholas….
    Warm regards

  14. Zandyzay

    March 17, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    In naija u flag down a taxi n place an unconscious person in the taxi, the taxi takes the person to the hospital while u go back to what u were doing before…. what part of naija… sorry…. Lagos can this happen please?

    • Oluwaseunfunmi

      March 18, 2016 at 12:13 am

      Don’t think, cause pple are more scared they don’t get implicated in the whole thing

    • Bee

      March 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Yes oo it can happen, only in nollywood movies, really this story is just like a typical nollywood script, the man claimed he saw her 6years ago in PH and yet he has been out of the country for 10years (the same duration of period this case has been going on). You saw Ibinabo 6years ago and told her you saved her and she didnt beg you to come and be a witness for her in court knowing the case was still on? she just paused and said thank you abi? was the car not found without a plate number? so did u help Daniel Williams remove the plate since u r a fan? dead story pls, do u think u reading a tales by moonlight to little kids? you stopped a cab and put an unconsious body and the cab zoomed to St Nicholas, Uber cab shey? the little girl in the car and she didnt come to say this story until u did? Pls u should have read this story over and over before publishing it…….

    • Yori

      March 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      It clearly says there was another young lady with her in the car.

  15. Phunmz

    March 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Enough of this case honestly……she is appealing or has appealed. Let the court decide.

  16. The real Ibinabo

    March 17, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    The witness’s account doesn’t prove that Ibinabo wasn’t intoxicated at the time of the accident and he also didn’t say who broke the traffic law. @Charles Novia, Please permit me to ask this question. If the guy’s story implicated Ibinabo (rather than exonerated her) would you have put it out there? I am sure your answer is no because you are clearly biased and lending your support to your colleague. I also think it is suspicious that she (Ibinabo) didn’t call the witness to testify since, since according to the witness he met her in PH and told her of how he saved her life.

  17. Segi

    March 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    BN, I’m so disappointed and disgusted with this your charade of insensitivity clouded as sympathy. On all other major blog sites is the story from the victim’s family – the sister to the victim. You didn’t think of putting that up. Instead you continued this ridiculous sham of a campaign. BN, shame on you!

    • Segi

      March 17, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      All other stories in support of Madam Ibinabo, you posted on your homepage but this one you hide inside another insensitive article. Nice try!

    • M

      March 18, 2016 at 5:20 am

      lol, really BN??! Your “fakery” is too much at times. Pls try to have fair coverage / be honest / be transparent in future. You have been exposed, kudos @Segi

    • Shame on BN!!

      March 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

      BN, you are a very HYPOCRITICAL and SHAMEFUL site.. Now i know you are truly and always will be on the side of the RICH. Why was the other link not given an equal viewing platform like this one and others in support of Ibinabo have been? Uche & staff, continue o, hope you won’t ruin all the public goodwill you have at this rate with this kind of biased approach you have adopted. Until the day you yourselves are at the receiving end of this kind of thing, you will not understand. Shikena

    • lea valley

      March 18, 2016 at 11:10 am

      BN is not a neutral third party. You are obviously in Ibinabo’s camp. #shame

    • Ephi

      March 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      BN, be honest, the sister’s post wasn’t created on the 16th!!! Do you guys think it’s idiots reading your site? A lot of people visit BN daily – emphasis on DAILY, so we know which post was there and which wasn’t. Disappointing you guys have come to this level.

  18. bumble bee

    March 17, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Wow!!!! Mr Charles novia!!! Wow!! How convenient it is that you guys set up a whatsapp group and someone’s brother who allegedly was an eye witness happs to be in the group!!! Come who are you guys even fooling sef, that the man’s hand was crushed and was talking but it was the area boys that removed him from the vehicle in a reckless way that may have caused his death.. o ga ooo!!! Even a child knows this reeks of lies

  19. Ady

    March 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Every person in his right mind will leave that accident scene for safety purposes, this is Nigeria for Gods sakes where u are beaten and burnt alive for causing the death of another in an accident, I pray and hope this ends well, that family need to forgive just so they can heal from the pain, revisiting the whole matter only brings more pain than closure, Haba 10 years is a enough time to heal, this is not what Christ taught us, Dr Giwa or his family could not have added a day to his life, that was his time and we all have a way we must die, God rest his soul.

  20. Ba

    March 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Well done Mr Charles, you have open more doors for investigation. More element will be dissected.

  21. Nwa nna

    March 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Witness didn’t see everything… What he’s narrating is what he the witness thought he saw… If there were that many people that witnessed the accident, why hasn’t anyone else come out until now to state otherwise?
    I am not pointing any fingers, when incidents like these occur we need to stay within the facts..
    This person is only narrating their own side of the the events after the accident occurred, doesn’t explain what lead up to the accident.. Didn’t I read somewhere that the Lagos state government after its own investigation ruled out any mechanical fault on the car being driven by ibiniabo?

  22. Olayemi

    March 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    All sorts happen at Accident scenes, I believe the witness. May God help Ibinabo.

  23. Black

    March 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Till d Nigeria police are able to produce real facts in state issues…..for now all d can tinkUp is whoevr survives a collision must have been over-speeding or drunk and there4 guilty.
    In their heads, Whoever gets a road traffic accident whether alive or not must have been overspeeding or drunk. Lame! Do d run any blood tests? Have d got speed cameras?? Jokers!

    Meanwhile ds guy try n see her lawyer,ds social media tingy wont do much good. Pple will still tnk what d want to….we knw dt If som1 runs into u now n dies, d crowd will lynch u…if d dont d police or state will. No room for hard irrefutable facts. Shame

  24. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    March 17, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    This seems very fishy. No taxi driver in Nigeria, I repeat no taxi driver in Nigeria would allow you place an unconscious person in his car. Despite the fact that you also claimed there was a conscious person with her. Also unlikely that NO ONE paid attention to the other car (her car). Haba, this is Lagos now, relax with the embellishments.
    Like someone said, how convenient is it that this person happens to know someone in your whatsapp group. It is extremely unlikely but not impossible.

    We also need to understand that this is beyond the family of Dr. Giwa, it’s the state vs Ibinabo. I genuinely feel so much pity for her and her family, same way I empathize with the doctor’s family. Their father died, he didn’t travel or relocate to another continent. This is still a fair deal for her let’s be honest.

    The truth is, we all want change but no one wants to change. In sane climes, we won’t have people carrying placards saying free Ibinabo. May God help her cos this is a tough one honestly.

  25. Echidime

    March 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    This chap flagged a cab, flipped an unconscious Ibinabo in it, cab driver drove unconscious Ibinabo to the emergency ward of St Nicholas, filled the forms, her details and whatnot, stays with her while patting her forehead with his handkerchief(imagine the colour by 8pm). Chap goes back to accident scene watching events while area boys perform emergency care on the doctor. Two days after, chap flies out of Nigeria, gets caught selling drugs – serves 10 years in jail(therefore loses touch of what has been happening in Nigeria). Comes back, changes name to Mr Gaulle. While smoking weed with Charles Novia, both decide to cook up a story. Story gets read. Verdict: WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU, YOU NEED MORE PEOPLE.
    Now how is that for a summary?

    • JESSYJ

      March 18, 2016 at 2:46 am

      Its so unbelievable and as fake as a £3 bill. Bella naija is getting ridiculous by the minute .

      This version never came up in the proceeding because this witness wasnt there . SIMPLE . Ibinabo had her day in court and all the evidence were shown which lead to GUILTY VERDICT

      Bella naija stop trying to rewrite the FACTS . …

    • nene

      March 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      lmfao. u deserve an AMAA award! don’t mind these liars.

  26. Suwa

    March 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    You guys are just wonderful.. kai!

  27. muna

    March 17, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    its really unfortunate, the chain of events that took place. I was not there so it will be irresponsible and disrespectful to cast any judgement on the matter. I pray God grants the Giwa family the strength to continue in spite of their loss. I also wish Ibinabos family strength in this difficult time. I do however, have a problem with people telling the Giwa family how to deal with their grief. As far as you have not walked a day in their shoes and have not felt the effect of their loss, please kindly keep mute. It is not for any man to say, you should be over it, you should have forgiven them or whatsoever. To forgive is not an entitlement, it is a process through which everyone hurt by the Doctors death would have to go through themselves. Please enough of telling people what to do. It is grossly inappropriate and insenstive

  28. popcorn

    March 17, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    and when people in the industry are dying , we didn’t see this unity. e.g Muna Obiekwe (bless his soul) what did the so called nollywood guild or president do??? aunty its just 5 years you wont die , maybe a few mosquito bites here and there. a crime is a crime.

    • nene

      March 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      don’t mind them. when people r dying they did not form a whatsapp group to raise funds since they know top people in government. if she doesn’t go to jail, she better run away from nigeria because a lot of people want to see her in jail.

  29. Kunle

    March 17, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    As “intelligent” as Charles Novia is i find it really disappointing that he has put this out there. This story (even if it were a true version of events) does not in any way absolve Ibinabo of blame or reckless driving for which she was convicted for. The only thing to be infered from this story is that Ibinabo was also injured in the accident. What Charles Novia is forgetting to understand is that being unconcious after an accident does not mean u cant be jailed for causing the accident especially if someone was killed!! I’ve lost faith in ur objectivity, Charles!

  30. Kunle

    March 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    One more thing, this stupid Charles Novia is trying to infer that Ibinabo recklessness didnt actually kill Dr Giwa and that it was that area boys’ overzealousness in trying to save him from the crash that resulted in the man’s death. I can see that that part of the story was well emphasised. Very calculated move! We’re not stupid Charles, we’re not buying it. Cant lay the blame on area boys who were only trying to help.

    • cookie

      March 18, 2016 at 4:22 am

      But if the story is true, then that is true. We can talk about this for years without changes and without results. A lot of lives have been lost on Nigerian roads because we don’t have any form of emergency preparedness and response. Until I watched Greys Anatomy, I never knew that dying people shouldn’t be handled by anyone except paramedics who are trained for accidents and emergencies. . Of course if area boys handled him or pulled him, they didnt’t help, they rather worsened matters. There was this episode in Greys that had a similar accident scene – paramedics rushed to the scene and the doctors didn’t pull the person out, they gave medications while the man was still trapped in the car – then figured out which nerves were damaged and the best way to get him out without damaging more. We don’t have that training.

      Not that my opinion changes anything but we do a lot of talk and blame in Nigeria without solutions. How do we prevent the next incident? How do we save lives? How do we make the roads safer. We need an emergency and accident response team. This is 2016 for the rest of the world except Nigeria.

    • PD Young Billionaire

      March 18, 2016 at 6:37 am

      @Cookie….1,000 likes for your comment!

  31. Ada

    March 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    This is the sort of eye-witness testimony that doesn’t hold water in court. thank God you didn’t testify at her trial or she would have gotten 10 years. You didn’t even see what happened

  32. Oluwaseunfunmi

    March 18, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Oh gosh, will this story end? And let the law just take its cause for once without pple interfering.. u can’t decide for d bereaved family how they choose to mourn their loss, it’s their decision to either forgive or not… is all this hulabaloo for d fact she’s a celebrity or what? C’mon seriously, going to check d state of Kirikiri before she’ locked up really? God grant both family d strength needed at this time

  33. mara

    March 18, 2016 at 1:00 am

    We are very quick to conclude. All of u against Ibinabo, have u thought if it were me? What if she was dead? May God have mercy on US.

    • Jo!

      March 18, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Please keep kwayet there.
      Judging or not judging, actions have consequences, let her serve her term and can we All just shush, somebody died for Gods sake

    • Minka

      March 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Just pray it never happens to you or someone close to you. You won’t be telling anyone to hush it.

  34. Funsho

    March 18, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Nigeria i hail thee!

    Ah an! Haba!

    This woman is going to jail se
    You know why?

    She was jumping up and down Aso Rock

    They are looking for people’s legal sins to purnish them one by one.

    You just watch how many more stories from the past that will keep popping up

    Oga previous minister Kayode how market long time no hear they have reminded u of ur previous loots abi no more essays lol they Ll soon come for all of u

    This story get one kin I have been out of the country yimu! Only in 9ja

  35. NaijaPikin

    March 18, 2016 at 4:06 am

    It’s interesting that the eye witness did not mention anything about the other people in the doctors car. Why no mention of them?

    As others have stated, taxi driver part can never happen in lagos. This sounds like a bad cover up and worsens Ibinabos case

  36. Nonye

    March 18, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I don’t understand why people are calling on the family. The matter is between ibinabo and the state. It’s a criminal matter not a civil one. Plus the issue of whether she is was DUI is unlikely to have been a factor, without proof of a test for alcohol levels in her blood, roadside accounts of her drukenness (or otherwise) would at best be hearsay and would have been useless. She was most likely convicted on the strength of the VIO report which was that she was over speeding

  37. The real dee

    March 18, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Ibinabo should go and serve her jail term already. People steal a mere goat and go to jail. Somebody committed manslaughter and is fighting tooth and nail to keep herself out of jail. Just go already and let this news rest. You have been free all these years gallivanting around all the shows and award ceremonies. You have fought with Emeka Ike over the presidency of Actors guild or whatever the association is called.
    Now,go and do time. The fact that you’re a celebrity doesn’t put you above the law. If this case concerned a common man,we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

    Ibinabo’s children, 2021 will be here in a teinkle of an eye and mummy will be back home. 2021 will be here and Dr. Giwa will never be back home. So be considerate.

    Ibinabo’s colleagues, if the sentence pain you so much, una fit help her spend the years in jail. Charles Novia,you can help her with 2 years,Daniel wilson help her with another 2. The remaining actors,do one month for her till 1 year is complete.

    She got just 5 years and you guys are wailing up and down. What should we say about the doctor who got an eternal sentence to death. Abeg park dey go jail jor. Iranu!

  38. Jo!

    March 18, 2016 at 7:30 am

    This is even just plain common sense BTW, she was coming out of the estate, approaching the roundabout, the Dr was at the roundabout, so who was at fault?
    Driving 101

    • WeeFree

      March 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you! The car in the roundabout has the right of way.

  39. Ch

    March 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

    All the versions of this story are just like a script from a Nollywood film. This guy’s account doesn’t state that Ibinabo crossed over from her lane to the oncoming vehicles. But then, how does a jeep land on a car and you are able to come out and remove license plates before fleeing the scene (Sister’s version). Why don’t Ibinabo just come out with the truth cos she is at the centre of all this mess. And who is this new person identified in Ibinabo’s car by this so-called eye witness? Can that person come out and give her version of the story (mess it up some more). I actually find it hard to believe the credibility of this eye witness who allofasudden surfaced after 11 years and is a brother to an important Nollywood personality. “One of the most important personalities in Nollywood in the chat group, obviously distressed at the wrong notion about Ibinabo by the deceased daughter blurted out that ‘you know, Guys? There are facts of the case which I know and which haven’t come to light all these years. My brother was an eye witness and saw all what happened that night”.
    It’s all a sham. Let the law take its course

  40. Iseeubaby

    March 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    People people. Firstly none of us here were at the point of this accident. But how convenient is it for majority to believe other sides of the story and discredit this one. Why are we so quick to create common enemy and keep hating on them. This crowd mentality is what births jungle justice because nobody is willing to reason differently is all catch him, kill him, let him die because one person has raised alarm that a criminal is on loose. There is no difference in this behaviour and the one of Aluu4 and the numerous case of jungle justice.
    This was also the case of Tonto Dike and a ‘ Pearl lady, because Tonto was someone everyone loves to hate, majority butchered her on this comment section which generated comments in hundreds, even the whitenesous lady took a dig at Tonto; look what later became the fate of Dencia with the Pearl woman.
    So let’s drop this hate and look at this story holistically, let the court be thorough with investigation and evidences to judge this matter. This is Nigeria where there are no cctv on the streets to ascertain the speed and recklessness in her driving, tests wouldn’t have been carried out on the Ibinabo lady to ascertain if she was drunk. I don’t know her character personally so I wouldn’t know if truly she hasn’t shown any remorse to the family of the death, or the family feel that she hasn’t done enough atonement.
    This is also Nigeria where one can say that there are chances that a taxi may or may not help carry an accident victim;But greater chances are you are likely to be mobbed if you accidentally knock someone dead, even when it’s clear the person knocked down was the one at fault. The story will so change on the driver so fast that even if he/she survives, the family of the victim and even the police will milk you dry.
    Let investigations be thorough and most importantly may God bring succour and comfort to all parties involved, heal their hearts and let the dead keep resting I heavenly peace

  41. keke driver

    March 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

    All this English everyone’s speaking sef….Babe is guilty according to our judiciary, whoever Mr De Gaulle is, He should better keep quiet.

  42. Moyo

    March 18, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Hmmn, I think this story was posted to drive comments to Bella’s site. I don’t believe this version coming out 11 years after. The only thing that can help now is not this but to ensure that she gets a good lawyer who can take up the appeal at the Supreme Court. All these comments remain in the court of public opinion. If anyone really wants to help Ibinabo start getting money together to pay a good lawyer, outside that, this case is done and over with.

  43. IJS

    March 18, 2016 at 9:18 am

    She should appeal to the supreme court, she may get a lesser term. The lagos state govt is obviously not dying the issue. Prison for ibinabo will not be prison for the regular person. She will have a comfortable stay under the circumstances.

  44. DD

    March 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    On this Ibinabo’s case, i think you folks at Bellanaija need to stop posting stories from either side. This is a case in court, between the State and accused. How about we understand these epistles won’t determine Ibinabo’s fate, these sudden witnesses won’t be relevant either. Let the law run its full course, please. If she goes to the Supreme court she would either lose or win, let’s stop embarrassing ourselves or the judicial system with these silly sentiments. There are folks with systems that actually work reading your blog, enough!

  45. billionaire in grace

    March 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I have one question why the writer brings us a testimony from the doctor who treated her to proof that she was really in coma after the accident. Or maybe a medical report

  46. GizaPyramids

    March 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

    …my 2 cents.

    If manslaughter is the charge, then the jail term under the laws of Nigeria must be served.
    On the right to comment on an on-going case in the courts, as long as it is not before a jury then comments can be open placed.

    the facts remain sketchy, however 2 key point shave been established,
    (1) Daniel Wilson met with the family to sympathize and for resolution
    (2) Ibinabo has not helped this case with the public display of her life and lifestlyes.

    I refer to the case of the South African athlete – Oscar Pistorius, his social media posts irked the family of his late girlfriend and i am sure we all know how that story went. Relationships are always about how we manage them and i believe this issue could have been managed better by all parties.

    This case is now before the courts and it is our belief that they will act in good faith and in accordance to the law based on the evidence and facts presented before them.

  47. Nonye

    March 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

    We have heard both sides and the court has decided. Madam Ibinabo, please take heart and finish your sentence no matter how distasteful. There are consequences to our actions. I cannot fault the Giwas for grieving until 2000 kokoro. But when you finish your sentence, brace up and move on with your life. Choose not to let this incident define your remaining freedom. Enough is enough already!
    For those saying she did not beg enough, I fail to understand your meaning. So she should wear black clothes, bow every at the Giwas feet, not show up for her work, not live her life, not allow media publish her pictures? Huh?. For how long? Will that give you succour? Where is your forgiveness and healing? If you choose to hold on to the hurt, how can you move on?

  48. WoW

    March 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

    All I hear and see is vendetta, pound of flesh, our son died and because we’re pained, she will also feel our pain. Where is forgiveness knowing truly that she did not kill this doctor out of malice. I pray I don’t have issues with some people because of their unforgiving heart.

  49. ada

    March 18, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This story is indeed sad for both sides. The truth is most times the person who dies in an accident is often considered the victim without proper investigation. I mentioned this story to my husband and he asked, if someone decides to cross the road where there is a pedestrian bridge and he gets killed by an oncoming vehicle, what happens? Now I’m not saying the accused is not guilty in this case. However, like other people have said on here, considering the severity of the accident as described by all, is it truly possible that someone would have been able to come out on her own, take her time to gather stuffs together and even thought of taking the plate number. How exactly is that taken off, I believe plate numbers are screwed on. How still is it that all these could have happened without anybody around there taking notice. Let’s be sincere, when an incident happens in Nigeria, we all know the crowd that builds up. If we are being truthful, we would also know that an accused remaining at that scene is very dangerous. Just this week there was a story of someone who was killed in Abuja because of 10 naira; the jungle justice in Nigeria is that serious. People are upset that her life went on( she contested for AGN, she campaigned for GEJ, she was involved with a man); perhaps if her life stopped it would translate to her being remorseful. Really???? I feel the pain of the family of the victim and because we wish for this sort of thing not to happen to us, it is easy for people to be for them. However, with this new story although coming out very conveniently, can more investigation be done around this new development. Can the hospital mentioned be visited for enquiries? Can the witness be questioned looking out of consistency and all that. Perhaps Ibinabo has been protecting the identity of the girl mentioned in the account given for whatever reason, maybe its time to give her own account publicly. I pray both families heal.

    • Yori

      March 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      You nailed it darling – in one sentence. Just a bunch of very vindictive people going on and on here!

  50. omo naija

    March 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Naija people….I dnt believe the writer of this article atall…..DO YOU THINK THIS IS A 2 HRS MOVIE WITH A SCRIPT. GOD PUNISH EVERYONE BEHIND THIS ARTICLE AMEN!!!

    • Linda come and carry your people

      March 19, 2016 at 1:57 am

      chai, calm down it’s not that serious.. No need to reign curses on anybody…. as in wat’s wrong with people these days.

  51. Ephi

    March 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thre is just so much injustice in Nigeria and I find it personally very sad that BN has become a party to this. You folks should be honest, this post wasn’t created on 16 March as you claim and it certainly wasn’t on the main page. Who exactly are you guys trying to hoodwink? You should know your readers are smarter than that.

    Don’t take your goodwill for granted because the readers make or break you. It’s really unfortunate, I had more faith in you than all this. Well, I guess that’s life, it’s all about what puts money in the account, values and integrity can go take a backseat. Real shame.

    Of course, you are free not to post this, won’t be a surprise.

  52. WeeFree

    March 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    A few things…..
    1. She does not have to kill him on scene for her to be charged with manslaughter, as long as she’s responsible for the situation that led to his death even if he dies a week later a prosecutor can hold her liable for his death.
    2. The so called witness will be drawn and quartered in court by a competent lawyer and Lagos State has many, so many years have passed it’s impossible for his memory to be so vivid.
    3. In the unlikely event of him ever being presented in court, the prosecution can also provide multiple witnesses with equally ‘vivid’ imagination…..ehhh, memory, who support the prosecution’s position.
    4. Efforts like this should have been deployed during the trial not years later, this lends some credence to the claim of disdain of the process and the charges on the accused’s part.
    5. In the court of public opinion, this is an effort to deny justice, the entrance of the ‘witness’ looks staged, pardon the pun.
    6. The trial is concluded, the only way the lady in question can be freed is if an higher court can agree that there was any judicial hanky panky during trial or if Lagos chooses to retrial the matter…….for that to happen you will need hundreds of new credible witnesses not someone who met her at some eatery.
    7. Even Reverend king was convinced of his innocence until the Supreme Court put an end to the charade.

  53. Ephi

    March 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    By this post, I am referring to the letter by the victim’s sister.

  54. memem

    March 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Ibinabo, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. If you say you were escaping area boys abi armed robbers and unfortunately killed a guy ibecause you ran over kuku died, I am sure that your innocence would have humbled you and at the same ttime given you the confidence and boldness to stick to your truthh and apologies to the giwa family, explaining to them that yyou ran their son over while escaping hoodlums. You didn’t say anything!!! You are a public figure, you have the virtue and privilege of public apologies or statements! No! Nothing to this effect!
    If you had liaised with this family, showed care, concern, remorse, they might have pleaded on your behalf for the case to be ended. You were given a jail tem years back, you used connections to get out after 3 weeks!
    You have always come off an entitled yellow brat (I’m yellow too,haters lol) I don’t believe you. Do your 5 years. You had time for damage control and we’re forming naija celeb boss lady – a naija celeb is shit! Your phone numbers are easily accessible. Mcheww

  55. kadara

    March 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    As long as he died as a result of injuries from the accident it doesn’t matter If he died even a week after, it still manslaughter. Even his sister said he was still alive but died in the car
    No witnesses give account in the supreme Court, supreme Court will not allow new evidence so that part is over. Supreme Court will only judge based on evidence already given so this man’s story is now irrelevant. Bella Naija people are right, you are coming coming across as very biased. You put the stories in her favour from her son and now this guy on the front page and hid the Victims sister accounts somewhere obscure.

  56. Mimi

    March 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I travelled today,and we saw an accident scene,for d first time in my life i saw two dead females……which could have been somebodies mother,sister,wife e.t.c.maybe those that died were more.The trailer driver,am nt sure he survived because the trailer us upside-down when we passed,those vehicles involved were crushed beyond recognition.God should continue to protect us under the shadow of his wings.May God comfort Dr Giwa’s family,and help Ibinabo through this tough time.I pray you’ll never experience such again in Jesus name.

  57. Linda come and carry your people

    March 19, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Lots of Linda ikeji readers here mehn. Can’t believe it, so one-sided, so-biased…chai, BN u need to do smth abt this….smh for life…

  58. micky

    March 19, 2016 at 9:59 am

    My pple I no it’s painful to lose once blood, it’s not easy, but one thing stand we have to believe in forgiveness, yes ibinabo has done something very very bad , but that does not we send her to jail or been happy that is in jail. Why leave her to God or to her conscience n let God judge. Sending her to jail can not bring back d deceased , let us learn to forgive. After 11years. May God help us.

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