MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Authorities of the Lagos State Police Command have announced the recovery of the lifeless body of 22-year-old Miss Ayanwole Oluwabamise who was reportedly abducted while taking a ride in a Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) few days ago.
The Command spokesman; CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu in a statement on Monday said “the State Police Command wishes to inform the public that Oluwabamise Ayanwole, the 22-year-old lady who got missing in transit while on board a BRT bus on 26/2/2022 has been found dead.
“The corpse was found lying on the Carter Bridge by Ogogoro Community, Lagos Lagos Island and has been deposited at the morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy.
He added that “the bereaved family has been contacted and family members have identified the corpse as that of Oluwabamise Ayanwole, the lady earlier declared missing.”
Last Saturday, the Lagos Police Command had declared her missing but assured that no stone would be left unturned in searching for here. Regrettably, it was her lifeless body that was found, which is said to have saddened the State Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alabi.
The police boss has however on behalf of the management, officers and men of the command, expressed his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
Alabi has assured that notwithstanding the death of Oluwabamise, detectives handling the case would not rest on their oars until her killers are found.
“We, therefore assure the concerned public and the bereaved family that we are closing in, on the culprits and we are sure that soon the suspects would be arrested and made to face justice for this murderous act.”
While soliciting the cooperation of all and sundry, the police commissioner has appealed to anyone with additional information that could help the police in arresting the suspects to kindly oblige the police. “Such information, we assure, will be treated with utmost confidentiality.”
Meanwhile, some social media reports have alleged that parts of Oluwabamise’s body were removed by her abductors inside the BRT bus which was said to be carrying only the deceased and four others among whom was a lady.
Some reports quoted a voice message Oluwabamise had reportedly sent to a friend from inside the BRT bus while in transit expressing fear over the scantiness of passengers in the bus and attitude of the few male passengers.
According to the report, her friend had in response through voice message also, advised her to alight at one of the major bus stops on her way from Lekki but unfortunately she could not do so, as the bus never stopped at any bus stop until she had been killed and dumped at Carter Bridge in the dark of night.
Police investigation would however reveal more details as to the identity of the driver and possibly the other occupants of the bus.