Insecurity: 22-Year-Old Lady Found Dead After BRT Kidnap, Driver Arrested In Ogun


Social media users may have found the death of Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwole close to home.

The 22-year-old fashion designer was found dead on the Carter Bridge by Ogogoro Community, Lagos Lagos Island, Lagos State Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu said in a statement.

Social media outcry began after news of her kidnap in a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) made the rounds. As Nigerians hoped for Oluwabamise to be found alive, the sad news of her death came as a pierce to the heart.

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How Did It Happen?

Ayanwola got missing while returning to Ota from Ajah on Saturday, February 26 when she boarded a BRT bus with number 240257 going to Oshodi at about 7:00pm. at Chevron Bus-Stop.

It was gathered that the victim worked as a Fashion Designer at Chevron Estate, Ajah, and spent weekends at Ota, Ogun State, with her sister.

Ayanwola became spooked immediately after boarding the empty bus that refused to pick other passengers along the way. She quickly alerted her friend through a voice note.

She told th friend to pray for her as she became suspicious of the bus driver and in response, the friend told her to alight at Oworonsoki bus stop — before Oshodi bus stop.

Oluwabamise had also sent a video to her friend showing how dark it was in the bus where “there are three men and one woman in the bus. The woman is sitting at the back. That’s the number of the bus in case.”

“Please pray for me,” she told her friend.

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwoolu while reacting to the sad development quipped that the LASG values every lives and would go all out in ensuring such ill-fated experience does not become a recurrence.

The Governor also said no stones will be left unturned in bring the culprit of this dastardly act to face the full wrath of the law

Taking to Twitter, Sanwoolu said:

Dear Lagosians, the life of every citizen of the state matters to us, and we do not take the security of our people for granted. We will therefore leave no stone unturned in the investigation and arrest of everyone found culpable in the kidnap and death of Oluwabamise Ayanwola.

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, said he is saddened by this incident and, therefore, expresses, on behalf of the management, officers and men of the command, his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

“Notwithstanding the death of Oluwabamise, the detectives handling the case would not rest on their oars until her killers are found,” Alabi said.

A Suspect In Detention

Per reports on SaharaReporters, The  Department of State Service (DSS) has arrested the driver of the Bus Rapid Transit where Ayanwola was last seen alive.

The suspect, who disappeared into thin air after the incident, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) in Odogbolu, Ogun State.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, had said the police also arrested two persons linked to the driver.
“As soon as the report got to the police, investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the lady was immediately initiated,” the police spokesman said.
“To ensure a speedy and diligent investigation, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, immediately directed the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti to take over the case.
“In the course of ongoing investigation, two suspects have been arrested and are currently helping in our investigation.
“While assuring that police detectives will continue to work assiduously to find the missing lady and bring her abductors to justice, the Command wishes to appeal to anyone with useful information that could help in our investigation to promptly give it to us for further necessary actions.”

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