A Lagos Bus Rapid Transit driver, Nice Omininikoron, suspected of killing a 22-year-old tailor, Oluwabamise Ayanwola, has been arraigned before the Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Obalende.
Ayanwola went missing after boarding the BRT bus on Saturday, February 26.
She was said to have boarded the bus, which was going to Oshodi, at Chevron Bus-stop.
Until her death, the victim worked as a fashion designer on Chevron Estate, Ajah, Lagos, but spent the weekends with her sister at Ota, Ogun State.
Her lifeless body was found by the roadside on Carter Bridge, Lagos Island.
Omininikoron was arraigned before Justice Sherifat Sonaike on four counts bordering on conspiracy, murder and rape.
During the court sitting, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Jide Martins, said the matter was for arraignment.
The BRT driver was represented by his counsel, Mr Isaac Ezeawem.
Martins told the court that the defendant had on November 25, 2021, allegedly raped another lady (name withheld) aged 29.
He explained that the incident took place around 7pm at the Lekki-Ajah Conservation Centre, Lekki Ajah Expressway.
The prosecutor said Ominnikoron conspired with others now at large and forcefully had sexual intercourse with his passenger, Ayanwole, without her consent and murdered her.
Martins said the incident happened on February 26, 2022, around 8pm at the Lekki-Ajah Conservation Expressway and Cater Bridge.
He said, “The defendant and others still at large on February 26, 2022, unlawfully killed one Oluwabamise Ayanwole by throwing her out of a moving bus at Cater Bridge after having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.”
According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 223, 260 and 165 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The 47-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his plea, the DPP urged the court to remand him in the Ikoyi prison and requested a trial date.
Justice Sonaike granted the remand application and adjourned the case for commencement of trial till May 9, 10 and 11, 2022.
Speaking with our correspondent, the lead counsel for the deceased’s family, Ayo Ademiluyi, said the DPP had promised to get additional proof to help the case.
He said, “There are still dimensions to this case like the video footage Bamise recorded herself and amendment of the charge, which is why we rejected the rushed autopsy by Lagos State last week. We’ll engage other pathologists to ascertain a true report.”