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Friday, January 29, 2016

10 years after manslaughter scandal, Ibinabo Fiberesima faces fresh jail term

If the judgement of the Lagos High Court is upheld, Ibinabo Fiberesima might just be on her way to prison. Photo: Filed

Embattled President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima is in the eye of the storm as she faces spending time in jail if the decision of a Lagos High Court imprisoning her is not quashed.

This is coming on the heels of her 10-year-old manslaughter case which isawaiting the judgment of the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos.

The case involves the death of a Lagos doctor, Giwa Suraj which happened in February 2006 after Ibinabo hit him on the Lekki–Epe expressway.

The trial, which has been heard at various lower courts, has seen the actress, who was once fined N100,000 by a Magistrate Court, sentenced to a 5-year jail term by a High Court for dangerous and reckless driving.

The case came up again yesterday, January 28 at an Appeal Court sitting in Lagos as the actress filed a suit challenging the ruling of the Lagos High Court who handed her the 5-year sentence.

Ibinabo, who was absent at the trial, is asking that the decision of a Lagos High Court which sentenced her to 5 years imprisonment be quashed.

The appellate court presided over by Justice Ndukwe Anyanwu has however reserved judgment to a later date with the judge ordering that the actress be present on the day which would be communicated soon.

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