Crime/DefenseLegal/Judiciary

Bamise’s murder: BRT driver arraigned, as court gives May 9 as the trial date

The government of Lagos State on Tuesday arraigned the driver of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), Andrew Nice Omininikoron, before the State High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS.

Andrew Nice Omininikoron was arraigned on a 4 count bordering on rape, conspiracy and murder of his passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwola.

The state government through its Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Dr Jide Martins, told Justice Sherifat Sonaike, that on November 25, 2021, the defendant allegedly raped a 29-year-old lady, Nneka Maryjane Ozezulu, without her consent.

He said that the incident took place at about 7 pm, at the Lekki- Ajah Conservation centre off the Lekki Ajah expressway in Lagos.

The DPP further hinted to the court that Andrew Nice conspired with others now at large and forcefully had sexual intercourse with his 22-year-old passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwola, without her consent after which he murdered her.

Dr Martins said the rape incident happened on February 25, 2022, at about 8 pm, on the Lekki-Ajah Conservation expressway.

The DPP equally argued that the defendant and others still at large on February 26, 2022, unlawfully killed Oluwabamise Ayanwola by throwing her out of a moving bus at Carter bridge after having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

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.

But the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

This prompted the DPP to request that the court orders a further remand of the defendant at the Ikoyi prison. He also asked for a trial date.

With no objections from the defence counsel, Isaac Ezeawem, the court ordered that the defendant should be further remanded at the Ikoyi prison.

Justice Sonaike subsequently adjourned the case to May 9, 10 and 11, 2022 for commencement of trial.

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