Mum-of-5, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Sentenced to 5 Years In Prison

Mum-of, five, Ibinabo Fiberesima has been sentenced to 5-years in prison for accidentally killing a family man.

11 years-ago, 2005 to be precise, former beauty queen and the current president of the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria, Ibionabo Fiberesima, killed Giwa Suraj, said to be a staff of a Lagos State hospital, in a fatal car accident.

Ibionabo was charged and taken to a Magistrate court in Lagos where she was given the option of paying a fine of N100,000 for the offence instead of a prison term of five years. Of course, Ibionabo took the fine option and paid the said amount.

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The case was far from over because it was taken to the Lagos High Court which upheld the five year jail term without the option of paying a fine. The high court reached a decision delivered by Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur. He said that the Magistrate Court lacked discretion to have granted Ibinabo an option of fine after been convicted. However, it was noted that as reason to avoid being convicted, the Magistrate Court’s poor judgement, must have been based on a plea by Ibionabo’s defence that she is a working mother.

Unaccepting of the High Court’s judgement, through her lawyer, the ex-beauty queen and the mother of five, filed an appeal prompting the court to overturn the five-year sentence.

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However, on Friday, the Lagos Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by Ibinabo and upheld the the five-year sentence without the option of a fine. According to NAN, Ibinabo was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Justice Deborah Oluwayemi of a Lagos High Court.

She held: “When a term of imprisonment is mandatory for an offence, the court cannot and should not give an option of fine.”

She insisted that the fine did not serve the purpose of justice in the case and subsequently ordered that the N100,000 be returned to the former beauty queen.

Saturday Vanguard reported that the embattled actress has been in sober mood since the judgement was delivered. Her Personal Assistant, who spoke to their reporter said, “My boss has been feeling unwell since the judgement was delivered. We are afraid it doesn’t affect her health.”







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