Engr. Johnson Omilana, brother-in-law of Oluwabamise Ayanwola, who went missing after she boarded a Lagos BRT bus, has reacted to the gruesome murder of the 22-year-old fashion designer.
Omilana, who described the deceased as a Christian virgin girl, swore that that he was convinced the driver was lying.
The young lady, who was heading to her elder brother’s place at Idimu, never made it to her destination and could not be reached on phone until her remains were found at the morgue in the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
Two days later, the fleeing driver of the bus, Andrew Nice, was arrested at his hideout in Ososa, Ogun State by the Department of State Services.
Nice, who claimed his BRT bus was hijacked by some unknown assailants, was apprehended along with the man that harboured him.
Reacting to his claim of hijack, Bamise's distraught brother-in-law believed the driver knew more than what he wanted Nigerians to believe.
He said, “He is lying, all he said were lies. I am happy he ran away the first time because he knows the crime he committed. I believe he had no idea that the lady did some recordings and shared them with her friends while on the bus.
“My surprise is, it was not quite long when we discovered her dead body that we heard that the man was arrested and paraded.
"He confessed that he ran away because he was afraid. The question to ask is, why didn’t he report the incident to the company’s management and the police?
“When I asked the management of BRT if they had knowledge that any of their vehicles were on the road, they said no, all their vehicles were intact and in good condition.
"When I went there initially, I had only the recording, not the bus number; it was after a while that her senior brother advised I zoomed into the recording to get the bus number and I did and got the number 240257 which I showed to them and they told us to wait that the bus driver will soon arrive.
"So, I asked some people to wait while I went to Akinpelu police station to make a statement. When I got back to the terminus, I was told to go to Ajah where he boarded the bus so that I can trace it from that place.
“Surprisingly, the driver showed up in the company’s uniform. For me, justice must prevail because that driver is not telling the truth. Everyone knows that there is nothing hidden again. We have a lawyer on the ground on this case.”