Oluwabamise Ayanwola's Death: Hearing Fixed for 8 February


The Lagos State High Court at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) on Tuesday fixed February 8 for the hearing of the ‘No Case Submission’ filed by the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) driver, Andrew Ominnikoron, who is facing trial for the death of one of his passengers, Oluwabamise Ayanwola.


Justice Sherifat Sonaike, who had earlier fixed today for the adoption of the application, was forced to adjourn the case following the failure of the defence counsel, Abayomi Omotubora, to serve the prosecution a copy of the application.


The state, through its Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Jide Martins, had arraigned Omininikoron before the court on a four-count charge of conspiracy, murder and two counts of rape.


The prosecution had informed the court that the defendant, on November 25, 2021, allegedly raped a 29-year-old lady Nneka Maryjane Ozezulu in Lagos.


The DPP alleged that the incident took place at about 7 pm around the Lekki- Ajah Conservation Centre on the Lekki Ajah Expressway, Lagos.


The DPP also claimed that Ominnikoron conspired with others now at large and forcefully had sexual intercourse with his 22-year-old passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwola, a fashion designer, without her consent after which he murdered her.


Martins said the incident occurred on February 26, 2022, at about 8 pm, between Lekki Ajah Conservation expressway and Carter bridge


Martins further told the court that the defendant and others still at large, on February 26, 2022, unlawfully killed Oluwabamise Ayanwole by throwing her out of a moving bus at Carter Bridge after having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.


He maintained that the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 223, 260 and 165 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.


The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.


When the case was called on Tuesday, the prosecutor, Mohammed Olateju, informed the court that Omotubora is yet to serve the prosecuting team with a copy of the No Case Submission application.


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