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Police Tells Court That BRT Driver Denied Raping And Killing Bamise

A BRT driver, Andrew Ominikoron, in his confessional statement to the police has denied involvement in the rape and murder of his passenger, Bamise Ayanwola.

A homicide police officer, Sunday Ihende, told the high court in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) area of Lagos while revealing the outcome of their investigation.

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

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

Mr Ihende appeared as a prosecution witness in the murder and rape trial of Mr Ominikoron.

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The witness said he has been a police officer since 1991. He leads a team in which he assigns cases and plays supervisory roles.

He told the court that he came in contact with the defendant on 7 March.

The witness told the court that the defendant made an oral confession because he was not literate.

“He said that he was assigned to afternoon duty from 2 PM – 7 PM,” the witness said.

“He admitted picking the late Bamise at Chevron bus stop around 7 PM and said that a few bus stops after that he picked three male passengers.”

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The male passengers ordered him to stop while one of them pointed a gun at him, the police said.

Mr Ihende further said that while one held him at gunpoint, the two others dragged the deceased.

The police told the court that in the confessional statement, the defendant said he didn’t know when the passengers dragged the deceased off the bus.

“He sped off and thought that the late Bamise was with him,” the witness said. “And when he got to 7UP he parked the vehicle.”

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The police officer said that when he asked if he came across any police officer on the road, the defendant said that he saw some but could not report the matter because he had flouted the company’s rule by driving beyond 7 PM.

When Babatunde Martin, a state lawyer tried to file the confessional statement as evidence, the defense lawyer, Kayode Omotubora objected.

Mr Omotubora refused the admissibility of the confessional statement on the ground that they were taken “involuntarily and under duress.”

“The police should come and prove under which conditions the confessional statement was taken,” he said.

Earlier, the witness told the court what they found out in the course of their investigation.

Mr Ihende told the court that the “suspect is the driver of the bus that the deceased entered where she was unfortunately raped, murdered and dumped along Ebutte Ero.

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He said that they found out that the defendant took the deceased to a secluded place, raped and dumped her there.

He said they also found out that he attempted to rape one Victoria on 29 December.

“The victim said she was surprised and was expecting him to pick others,” he said.

“He initiated a personal conversation but fortunately the lady escaped.”

He told the court that he also raped one Maryjane Odezulu.

“He picked her and …went to a secluded place, off the light of the bus and rape his victim.,” he said.

The witness told the court that the defendant confessed to raping Miss Odezulu.

In order for both parties to prove whether the confessional statement was taken voluntarily or otherwise, the court fixed 31 October for trial within trial.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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