- At least four criminal charges have been levelled against the accused, Ominnikoron that include, murder, conspiracy, and other related crimes
- The BRT driver, Ominnikoron pleaded not guilty to the allegations levelled against before the high court
- Meanwhile, Justice Sherifat Sonaike adjourned the case and ordered that the alleged suspect be remanded at the Ikoyi prison pending the commencement of trial
The alleged suspect involved in the murder of Oluwabamise Ayanwole, a passenger of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been arraigned before the Lagos state High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa (TBS), Vanguard reports.
The suspect, known as Andrew Nice Ominnikoron, who is BRT bus driver was arraigned before Justice Sherifat Sonaike.
Legit.ng gathered that the Ominnikoron has been charged for conspiracy and murder by the Lagos state government.
However, the suspect, Ominnikoron pleaded not guilty to the four charges levelled against him in court.
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The director of public prosecution (DPP), Justice Sherifat Sonaike, during the arraignment ordered that the 47-year-old suspect be remanded in prison pending the commencement of trial on May 9, 10, and 11, 2022.
Bamise: Prosecutor says BRT driver offence contravenes Lagos criminal law
Meanwhile, the prosecuting counsel, Jide Martins said Ominnikoron collaborated with some other suspects to kill the 22-year-old passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwole.
Martins said the incident transpired on Saturday, February 26 at about 8 pm, at Lekki – Ajah Conservation expressway and Cater bridge.
The prosecuting counsel while stating his case said the offence committed by the defendant contravenes the statutory provisions of the Lagos state criminal law 2015.
Martins said the crime is punishable in accordance with sections 411, 223, 260 and 165 of the law.
Bamise: Embattled BRT drivers denies allegations
However, sequel to his arraignment, Andrew Nice had earlier denied his involvement in the death of his passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwola.
He said they were attacked by gunmen during the trip and in the process, the 22-year-old fashion designer was dragged down from the bus by the gunmen.
During the journey, the fashion designer was said to have spoken to her friend about feeling uneasy about the conduct of the driver during the trip.
Bamise: Lady shares near-death experience in same BRT bus
Similarly, Onyinyechi Anoke, a medical doctor, who narrated her encounter with Nice said the incident occurred during a one-week visit to Lagos in December 2021.
The medical doctor narrated that she boarded a BRT bus driven by Nice at Rasco bus stop axis along Ikorodu road for her destination in Ketu around 7:30pm on December 29, 2021.
Doctor Anoke made these revelations via her Facebook page stating that the driver had tried to woo her to follow him home that night.