Andrew Nice, the arrested Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, driver, has narrated how Oluwabamise Ayanwole was kidnapped in his bus.
The 22-year-old, who was declared missing, was found dead on Carter Bridge by Ogogoro Community, Lagos Island, on Monday, March 7, 2022.
Nice was later arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, in Ogun State, and was handed over to the Lagos Police Command.
Following his arrest, the BRT driver was paraded by the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi at the Command’s headquarters in Ikeja.
Disclosing how the deceased was abducted, Nice said he picked her up from Chevron and three other guys along the way.
The BRT driver said the three passengers showed him their guns and told him to co-operate.
Nice narrated that he was no longer himself after seeing their weapons because he did whatever they ordered him to do.
On getting to Carter Bridge, as instructed by them, the BRT driver said the assailants ordered him to stop and open the door of the bus.
After he opened the door, Nice said three men dragged Oluwabamise along with them.
He disclosed that while the deceased was crying for help, he could do nothing.
Out of fear, the driver said he ran away instead of reporting the incident to the police.
“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.”
This confession raises many questions. How come he did not report immediately to the police or to his office? How come he ran away instead of seeking help for the Bamise? Where did he park his bus that day? Did he continue working? If he made it to his park to park his bus that day, why didn’t he report to his superiors what had happened during work that day? Was BRT aware of this crime committed on their bus? Did BRT note the disappearance of their driver or carry on as if nothing was amiss? If she was murdered or raped inside the bus as reported by her family, was the bus cleaned? There must have been traces of blood in the bus? Was the crime scene tampered with?