Following the arraignment of a Bus Rapid Transit BRT Driver, Ebun-olu Adegborunwa a senior advocate of Nigeria has applauded the local State Governor Babajide sanwo plus over his efforts in bringing to order the alleged gruesome murderer of a passenger Bamise Ayanwo sometime last month.
Disclosing this in a statement, the senior lawyer urged the government to apologize on behalf of the family of the deceased as well as paying them compensation worth 100 million.
The court hearing which is expected to hold at the Lagos state high court situated at Tafawa Balewa square has been fixed for May 9, for the commencement of the trial of Omininikoro after the Lagos government arraigned the driver on four counts bordering on rape, conspiracy and murder of his passenger, Ayanwola.
Narrating the incident to the judge, The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Jide Martins, also told Justice Sherifat Sonaike, that on November 25, 2021, the defendant allegedly raped a 29-year-old lady, Nneka Ozezulu, without her consent.
He further went on to add that the incident took place about 7 pm, at the Lekki-Ajah Conservation centre off the Lekki Ajah expressway in
According to the prosecutor, the offences committed is
contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 223, 260 and
165 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The judge subsequently ordered that the defendant be further
remanded at the Ikoyi prison and adjourned the case to May 9,
10 and 11, 2022 for commencement of trial.
Reacting in a statement titled, ‘Re: Rape and Murder of
Bamisile’, Adegboruwa said, “The Lagos State Government
today fulfilled its promise to prosecute the driver of its BRT
Bus that was alleged to have raped and killed Miss Bamisile.
The driver was arraigned before the High Court of Lagos State
on criminal charges of rape and murder. The poor lady was
said to have been raped inside the BRT bus and then thrown
out whilst the bus was in motion.
“I commend the Governor of Lagos State and the Honourable
Attorney-General of the State, for the speed with which they
have handled this matter so far. The quality of legal
representation, through the well-experienced Director of
Public Prosecution, Dr Babajide Martins, is a testimony of the
commitment of the government to do justice to the case. This
is how it should be done, in all cases where the lives of citizens
have become endangered.
“However, and in the light of the evidence available that the
facility (bus) and employee (driver) of the government were
deployed to commit the crime, it is necessary for the Lagos
State Government to reach out to the family of the deceased,
first to offer an apology and give healing to the grieving
parents and siblings and then secondly, to offer adequate
compensation (not less than N100,000,000:00), to the family.
Without this, there will continue to be a missing gap.
“Furthermore, I do humbly urge His Excellency the Governor
of Lagos State to fulfil his promise to equip all public transport
buses with infrastructure and facilities that will enhance the
security of all passengers.