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Bamise Murder: BRT Driver Absent In Trial Over Okada Ban



Bamise Murder: BRT Driver Absent In Trial Over Okada Ban

The trial of Andrew Ominnikoron, the driver of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) who was alleged to have raped and murdered a 22-year-old fashion designer, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, was, on Wednesday, stalled at the Lagos State High Court, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS).

Newstellers Nigeria learnt that was due to the total ban on the operations of okada in six local government areas in the state with effect from June 1 (today) as announced by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

Security reports of a planned protest by the affected motorcyclists which was feared could cause a breakdown of law and order compelled the NCoS Controller Adebisi Adewale, to suspend the conveyance of inmates to courts in the State.

At the resumed hearing of the case before Justice Sherifat Sonaike of the Lagos High Court, sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, the defendant was not produced

After announcing his appearance, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Babajide Martins, informed the court that the prison service did not bring the inmates to court due to security reasons over the Okada ban.

Martins said: “I don’t think the defendant’s counsel, Abayomi Omotubora, is here and the Correctional Service did not bring inmates to court because of the Okada ban and security reasons.

“However, we have three witnesses in court. The second prosecution witness (PW2), who needs to finish giving his evidence, and two other witnesses are in court. I humbly request that today’s date be vacated and adjourned to other dates that have already been fixed.”

Following the development, Justice Sonaike, adjourned the case to June 7 and 9, for the continuation of trial.