Family tell how they were ignored by DPO, denied access by BRT drivers while searching for slain fashion designer
A family member, Titilayo, the older sister of Oluwabamise Ayanwola, who was killed after boarding a Bus Rapid Transit BRT, recounted how a Divisional Police DPO officer allegedly paid less attention to the alarm triggered when Bamise had initially disappeared.
Titilayo, who spoke on behalf of the family at a press conference, also lamented that his family members were not allowed to enter the premises of the BRT office in Ilupeju until they protested.
Titilayo said: “Immediately we could not find Bamise, I reported to Akinpelu police station, but the DPD after viewing and listening to video and voice evidence respectively refused us. She did not feel our immediate fear and pain. She didn’t act like she knew what it took for a child to be killed.
“Oluwabamise left her workplace to help the mother of an unborn child. The boy was delivered and now we will tell the story of Oluwabamise to this boy that it was when you came to this world that they took her away. They used our newest for money rituals.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, I challenge you. My family is not rich, we are not influential but we have God. Please ensure justice.
“When we went to the BRT office, someone said we were crazy, and the person knew what was going on. A man who has his own children, who knows what it takes, says I’m crazy .
“They initially refused us access to the premises. When we finally got in, we met a man at the terminal. The man said he knew Nice was a gentleman and he couldn’t hurt Bamise, not knowing I was taping him. He said the driver’s number was wrong. The man later said he had called the driver and would still come to the office.
“Another driver told us that Bamise had gone to have fun; that she would come home. But that cannot be true. Bamise is a good lady.
It may be recalled that Oluwabamise, which closed at around 7 p.m. on February 26, was on her way to visit her brother, Pelumi, when she boarded the BRT vehicle around the Chevron bus stop, in the Lekki region of the state.
The busman, Omininikoron Nice, reportedly transported the victim to a destination in Oshodi when Oluwabamise observed that he was refusing to pick up other passengers on the road.
She reportedly contacted one of her work colleagues, Felicia Omolara, to tell her of her suspicions and was advised to get off the bus.
Omolara, however, noted that when her friend was unresponsive to her WhatsApp chats, she called her phone number, adding that when she picked up the call, a man was heard arguing with Oluwabamise.
Agents from the Department of State Services then arrested Nice at his hideout in Ososa, Ogun State.
The driver was later handed over to police as he paraded at the command headquarters in Ikeja on Monday.