Bamise: Court Remands BRT Driver, Fixes New Date for Hearing
Chief Magistrate O. I. Salawu sitting at the Sabo Magistrate Court, Yaba, Friday, ordered that Nuce Andrew Omininikirin, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) driver nabbed over the gruesome murder of a passenger, Oluwabamise Ayankole, should be remanded in police custody for 30 days.
Magistrate O.A. Salawu held that Ominnikoron was remanded pending legal advice from the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution.
The defendant is charged with conspiracy, murder, rape and misconduct.
The charge was read to the defendant but his plea was, however, not taken by the court.
Salawu adjourned the case until April 11 for DPP advice.
Trouble started for Andrew on February 26, 2022, when Bamise boarded his BRT vehicle at Chevron Bus Stop, Lekki, heading to Oshodi in Lagos.
The 22-year-old fashion designer was on her way to her brother’s home to live with him and his pregnant wife.
Bamise sensed something was wrong with the vehicle shortly after it started around 7 pm.
The accused person had asked her to sit at the back of the bus even though it was empty.
Her discomfort with the situation grew, so she started texting her friends to update them with audio messages and videos.
The bus was initially not picking up any new passengers, but she said she was relieved after two men and one woman boarded.
But she was still uneasy that she told her friends she would get down as Oworonshoki, unwilling to reach Oshodi with the bus.
In one of the videos she shared, she told her friend, “Please pray for me. My mind is not at rest. Don’t tell anybody. Don’t tell Aunty Rinu. She’d make fun of me if nothing happens.”
But something did happen — it was the last time anyone heard from her alive.
Her lifeless body was later found at the Ebute Ero area of Lagos Island last Monday.