Kidnapped And Killed Bamise: What You Need To Know
A young lady was reported missing on Saturday, February 26, while travelling to Ota, Ogun state from Ajah, Lagos state.
She boarded a BRT bus with number 240257 going to Oshodi at about 7 p.m at Chevron Bus-Stop.
Oluwabamise Ayanwole, 22, works as a fashion designer at Chevron Estate in Ajah, Lagos, but spends the weekends at Ota, Ogun state, with her sister.
The police in a statement on Saturday corroborated that she was missing and assured that an investigation has been initiated into the incident.
The statement revealed that two persons have been arrested in connection with the crime including the BRT driver.
“As soon as the report got to the police, the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the lady was immediately initiated.” The statement read.
“To ensure a speedy and diligent investigation, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc, mnim, psc, immediately directed the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti to take over the case.
“In the course of an ongoing investigation, two suspects have been arrested and are currently helping in our investigation,” the police statement read in part.
However, Bamise’s body was found dumped by the roadside on Saturday evening on Lagos Island and an unidentified man reportedly informed officials of Ebute Ero Police Station.
It was gathered that Bamise’s corpse was dropped with some vital organs missing.
The corpse was later taken to the Mainland Hospital mortuary.
The driver of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus who picked up the 22-year-old who claimed he was not part of those who murdered her.
The arrested driver was identified as Andrew Nice by Jubril Gawat, an aide to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Speaking in an interview with TVC news, Mr Nice gave his account of the incident shortly after he was arrested.
The driver said the deceased was the only passenger in the BRT bus before he picked some other persons along the road.
Mr Nice said the three male passengers he picked had guns pointed at him while the deceased cried for help.
“I picked her from Chevron, and the other three guys at …when those guys show me his weapon as I was inside, I can’t be myself anymore,” Mr Nice said.
“Fears have come in, so, whatever the man with the gun told me, I do. I followed that Carter Bridge, that overhead bridge, they ordered me to stop there, they say I should open the door, when I open the door, then when they come down, they now start dragging her, when I saw that she was crying for help, actually, I was helpless,” he said in pidgin English.
According to Mr Nice, he thought the deceased was still in the vehicle when he drove off because he saw her hold on to the iron in the bus while she was being dragged.
He said that he ran away and couldn’t report to the police because he was afraid.
Bamise’s death has sparked outrage and a cry for justice across social media platforms with the hashtag #JusticeForBamise trending on social media.