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Bamise: BRT official testifies in court



An official of the Lagos Bus Services Limited (in charge of the BRT) has testified before a High court in the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, in the murder trial of Andrew Ominikoron on Tuesday.

Mr Ominikoro is accused of raping and murdering a 22-year-old fashion designer, Bamise Ayanwola, in February inside a BRT bus.

He is also accused of raping another passenger, Maryjane Odezelu, on November 25.

Kayode Aluko, a Fleet Operations manager at the Lagos Bus Services Limited, explained how the company employs their drivers.


He said the employment process of BRT drivers is outsourced to a company, Excel Outsourcing, and once the drivers are fully engaged they are sent to a driving school for a test.

“Depending on their commitment and readiness to be engaged after the test, they will pass through induction and during that, the successful ones among them are given the company policy to go through,” he said.

“The company policy contains various infractions and the remedial consequences if you violate them. After going through, they (employees) sign.”

He said the operational administrative department put them on two-week probation before they are finally engaged to pick up the bus and given the company’s uniform.

He said they pick up the bus in their area of residence. He described their shifts as AM (5 a.m-1 p.m) and PM (1 p.m-10 p.m).


He noted that before the buses are driven out of their stations, “the code of the bus is written down, the time you are driving out, the fuel level and also the odometer. And you have been allocated to a specific route.”

He told the court that the suspect joined them in September 2021.

The prosecution lawyer, Babatunde Martins, sought to tender a signed copy of the suspect’s employment document as evidence but it was opposed by the defence lawyer.

Abayomi Omotubora, the defence lawyer, said the evidence sought to be tendered was not specifically listed as part of the evidence to be presented by the prosecution.

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But the judge, after stating a section of the Evidence Act, ruled that the evidence be admitted.


Rape suspect (Andrew Ominikoron) covers face with book

The witness further said that on November 25 and December 29, the driver was allotted bus 271 and was on the PM shift.

On February 26, he was allotted bus 275 and he was on the PM shift. On that day, the witness said the driver drove the 56-seater vehicle out and was allotted the Ajah-Oshodi route.

He said they have different stations within the state. “So, part of the monitoring starts once the driver leaves the station and the bus is confirmed at the station.

“And there is documentation that is done confirming the driver’s arrival at different stations. Part of what we have also is the CCTV camera in some of the buses. And we also have the enforcement unit that monitors our route’s operations.”

Mr Aluko said they never received any complaint against the suspect except on February 28 from the deceased’s relative.


He told the court that the deceased’s relative came along with the bus code – 240257. “And we checked and it corresponds with what we have. It was driven by the suspect. But he was not on duty at the time they came to report.”

“The driver resumed past 2 p.m. And I had instructed him to see me upon arrival. He was asked to wait but he told the officers of his outsourcing company that he wanted to go and eat. But he never returned.”

Mr Aluko also said that the deceased’s elder brother showed him a voice note and a video. “It displayed my bus code – 240257, and the other voice note of the two ladies.

“And in that conversation, there was an expression of fear from the lady inside the bus to the other friend. This was on a Monday and the incident occurred on Saturday. I said I will do whatever I can to help them.

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“Immediately he left, I went to our outsourcing company and picked up the captain of the bus…we arranged for a manhunt that night. I took my car with about four other personnel to Ogolonto, Ikorodu (the suspect’s residence),” but could not find him.


Mr Aluko said they tried his known telephone number several times but he didn’t respond. But he would later call that he was in the hospital.

Alleged rape

Earlier in the hearing, the alleged rape victim, who had testified on Monday, was cross-examined by Mr Omotubora.

The sales representative said she had only started working in the Ajah area two months before the incident.

“How long have you been in Lagos?” The lawyer asked.

2014, she responded.


Lawyer: You are very conversant with the operation of BRT?

Witness: No. I did not enter the BRT bus, that night was my first day.

Lawyer: You would also agree with me that the BRT buses do not operate like the Danfo?

Witness: I don’t know that one. I normally see them on the road.

Lawyer: But you know that BRT has their designated bus stops?


Witness: I don’t know.

Lawyer: Are you saying that you have been since 2014, you have not seen BRT buses loading point since 2014?

Witness: The only place that I normally see BRT is at Ajah.

Andrew Ominikoron escorted by prison officials after the hearing

Lawyer: Do you know that the Alex hotel bus stop is not the designated bus stop?

Witness: Yes, but they normally pick passengers there.


The witness explained that she never knew that BRT buses use cards. Neither was she aware that every cash payment comes with a receipt.

She said she boarded the bus around 8 p.m. and had never met the driver until that night.

She noted that the suspect parked around Lekki Conservation and raped her. She said the area was dark at the time.

“You said that the driver attacked you and dragged you?” the lawyer asked.

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“After he ended the call, I noticed that my life was in danger and his manhood had risen. I brought my big phone. That was when he locked the door and the light went off and he dragged me to the back seat,” the witness said.


“While this was going on, you didn’t raise any alarm?” The lawyer asked.

“He held my neck and raised a knife, how do I raise an alarm?” The witness questioned.

“Please, tell the court how you were dressed?

“I dressed normally. I wore that gown with my tummy belt.

The lawyer brought out the gown. “This cloth is just a blouse,” he told the court.


But the witness insisted that it was a gown.

“I didn’t wear the gown with any trousers because it almost touched my knee,” she added.

“I want to make an application that the court directs the witness to wear these clothes,” the lawyer requested.

But the judge frowned at his request. “No. Why should I ask her to wear it in the courtroom?” She asked.

“I will apply for that, my lord,” the lawyer replied.


The witness said she gave her account number and phone number to the driver when he requested because he refused to let her go.

“And you received the money with thanks and gratitude. Yes or no?

“I said thanks to him because I wanted him to free me,” she responded.

She, however, said she discussed the incident with her male friend.

The defence lawyer accused the witness of promiscuity using “indecent language” but the judge cautioned him against such a word in questioning the witness.


The witness continued that the money sent to her by the suspect was withdrawn and given to some beggars in Ajah.

The next hearing of the matter is fixed for June 1, 7, and 9.

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EFCC declares Delta brothers wanted over alleged N330m fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared two siblings from Delta State wanted for alleged fraud of N330 million.

This was contained in a statement issued by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State on Friday.

The anti-graft agency named 55-year-old Faith Onoja and 44-year-old Emmanuel Onoja, both from Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, as being declared wanted by the EFCC.

According to the commission, Faith’s last known address is “Close to Celestial Church, Ekrovie new layout, old Egini road, Orhuehorun, Delta State” while Emmanuel’s last known address is “No 6. Jasmison Street, NPDC/ND Western Estate, Warri, Delta State”.


The statement urged that “anybody with useful information as to their whereabouts should contact the commission” in its offices nationwide.

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Judiciary Responsible For Crime Increase In Lagos Says Police, Parade Killers Of Senator’s Aide



LAGOS-POLICE in Lagos yesterday took a swipe at the judiciary saying it was responsible for the increase in crime and criminality on the state. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command CP Idowu Owohunwa who dropped the hint while parading Killers of the personal Assistant to Senator Solomon Olamilakan Adeola alias Iyayi said, the three suspects responsible for the dastardly act were jail birds who found their way back to the society and became much more vicious. He said, the suspects were clad in military camouflage and flagged down the deceased’s vehicle pretending to be law enforcement officers, demanded for the vehicle papers only to turn around and pushed him into his vehicle and shot him point blank.

According to the CP, “This deals with a case of robbery and murder of Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola alias Iyayi. You will recall that on August 5, 2023, we woke up to the sad news of an unfortunate robbery incident along Ojodu Berger, which claimed the life of Sanni Adeniyi. This media engagement is to confirm to you that through painstaking intelligence and investigative activities, we have succeeded in arresting the syndicate involved in the robbery and murder. In the cause of the operation, three suspects directly involved in the robbery and murder were arrested, three fire arms including the killer weapons were recovered.”Also recovered were six live cartridges, six expended ammunition, six live ammunition and military gears.

In summary, the arrested suspects include Fred Azeez, 43 year old Lagosian, Odudu Michael 33 years old from Delta State and Adedigba Segun 26 years old from Ibadan. Items recovered from them were one brand new browny pistol with three rounds of ammunition, one Berretta pistols with three rounds of live ammunition, one locally made cut to size pistol with six live cartridges, six expended cartridges, military gear comprising of military vest, military jungle hat, military pistol hosted and military jungle boot which they used in the perfection of the crime that night.”Also recovered in the cause of investigation is one red Honda CVR with Registration number EKY 276JD which also one of the vehicles they robbed that night in their criminal escapades.

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Investigation so reveals that this gang which is being armed and financed by one Nigeria born Alhaji (names withheld) based in Benin Republic specialuzes in robbing motorists of their unregistered vehicles; they target basically brand new cars or tokunbo cars. They have confessed that they have successfully carried our five operations and their modus is stationing on gang not to far from Berger bus stop to spot unregistered oncoming vehicle on that road.


The spotter will then call their gang members who are usually dressed in military fatigue stationed ahead of the Berger bus stop to inform them of the approaching targeted vehicle. “The gang members will naturally flag down the vehicle and believing that the gang members were law enforcement officers, the motorist will naturally drive to a halt. What they will do would be ask for the vehicle papers to give an illusion that they have military background and that they were there for official duties. However, the main reason for demanding and collecting the vehicles papers is clear themselves from the police and Customs after snatching the vehicle. In this particular case involving late Sanni, one them took him aside and demanded for the vehicle papers which prompted him to pit a call to his wife, that he had been stopped by some Soldiers who demanded for his papers which he presented asking them what again they wanted.
*Military gears recovered from the Killers…

At that point, they pushed him inside vehicle and fired him twice; at the point it dawn on him that the soldiers were armed robbers. They picked him up while he tried to escape, put him the boot of his car and drove off. Along the line of course, the victim was groaning and shouting for help and they saw that as a disturbance. Segun who was right him because at this time Fred had taken over the steering, stabbed Sanni in the chest for making so much noise and the victim died there and then, but other members became angry why he had to kill him. Nevertheless, they drove off and dumped his body by the road side.

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The drove to an area in Abeokuta where they washed the blood in the vehicle and proceded through Isheyi to Shikanda in Kwara State where they put a call to the Alhaji who then sent somebody to pick the vehicle and drove it to Benin Republic.”Continuing, the Police boss added “Based on our interactions with the suspects, this Alhaji has several similar cells across the country which aim is to target unregistered vehicles rob them and move them to the Alhaji in Benin Republic. There are still some lose e investigative ends we need to knot; that is in relation to identifying the wider network of this syndicate.

However, at this point, the three suspects arrested are all jail birds who have served jail terms at various times over the last 10 years in and out. Fred was between 2010 and 2015 were arrested and sent to prison for drug related offences, spent some time in jail and was released afterward and became more hardened. In 2021, he was also arrested and sent to Correctional custody in maximum center and Agodi prison in Ibadan. Lucky who presented himself as military man had one time or the other been sent to prison at the Kirikiri medium custody; unfortunately while his trial was on, an NGO came to his rescue and brought him out. He too was recycled into the society and became.more vicious. Segun, he was arrested for stealing and jailed in Agodi prison and released afterward. In 2018 again, he was arrested for burglary and jailed, again he found himself out of prison. In 2021and 2022, he was again arrested and jailed for armed robbery and only God knows how he came out now.

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The signifant thing here is that, these three suspects got united in the prisons and they resolved to form this gang. There is yet some members of this gang in the prison coordinating the activities of this syndicate with said Alhaji who will unturned fund and armed and unleash them to the society. “This exactly what happened in this instance. Unfortunately, our custodial centers still remain breeding ground for more hardened Criminals instead of being Correctional. We are still exploring depth of this, the good thing is the Inspector-General of Police IGP Kayode Egbetokun and Executive Governor of Lagos State are aware of this.
*One of the vehicles recovered from them…


Also worrisome is that are judicial system are unwittingly contributing to some of these challenges. As I specifically mentioned these suspects had on multiple occasions processed through the judiciary system and they always come out. So my appeal here is that, much as we are interested in advancing the cause of justice, it is expedient that we appeal that the process should find a balance between criminal justice delivery and overriding internal security architecture in Lagos State the country at large. That wl help us as law enforcement agencies in tackling this menace of recycled criminals in our midst in Lagos State in particular.”

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Police confirms beheading of LP chieftain in Abia



Abia State Police command has confirmed the beheading of a chieftain of the Labour Party (LP), Zachary Maduka, popularly known as Power Zac.

Maduka, 70, who was director general for Amobi Ogah, member representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency was reportedly murdered at a drinking joint in Amelechi Akpukpa community.

Confirming the gruesome murder, Abia State Police Command, in a statement by Maureen Chinaka said at about 8:30pm on Wednesday, the DPO, Uturu Police division, gave a discreet information concerning the murder of Maduka, a native of Ezieke Akpukpa, Uturu.

The statement said Maduka was violently attacked, shot and beheaded by unidentified assailants while at the drinking joint.


The PPRO added that on receiving the information, a joint team comprising police and army personnel was dispatched to the scene.

Before the security team could arrive, the assailants had fled, however, they recovered the body which was later deposited at a morgue in the area.

Reacting, LP in the area condemned the gruesome murder of their member and called on police to unravel those behind the dastardly act.

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