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Tears as family buries slain BRT passenger, Bamise

Friday was an emotional day as the remains of deceased Bus Rapid Transport rider Bamise Ayanwola were interred at the Atan Cemetery in Yaba, Lagos.Information Guide Nigeria

After boarding a BRT bus from the Chevron district of Lekki to Oshodi on February 26, 2022, the 22-year-old woman was discovered dead on Carter Bridge by the Ogogoro community in Lagos Island on March 7, 2022.

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The Lagos High Court has charged the bus driver, Andrew Ominikoron, with four counts of conspiracy, alleged rape, and murder.

At the funeral, solemnity prevailed, particularly during the prayer service and the lowering of the deceased into the grave. City Round observed that family members and sympathizers sobbed excessively as trumpeters and undertakers escorted the corpse to the cemetery.NYSC portal

After the burial, mourning relatives chatted with our correspondent while wearing black clothing.

The victim’s older brother, Oluwapelumi Abegunde, who was sober when he spoke with our correspondent, stated that they wanted the corpse to determine the extent of the body’s damage following the autopsy.

He said, “She was not in a good shape at all so there were reactions. People cried, mourned, and cursed.  The corpse had been tampered with deliberately to know the cause of death.”JAMB portal

The autopsy was a deliberate move by the family to validate the rape claim against the BRT driver and determine the cause of his sister’s death, he explained.

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Abegunde criticized the dispute surrounding his sister’s death, arguing that it exemplified the tendency of humans to twist evidence.

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He said, “There was controversy even till the point of burial. Today, we have laid her remains to rest yet there are contentions.’’

Also, the victim’s elder sister, Oluwadamilola Abegunde, who described her as kind, lovely and hardworking, noted that the family was denied their request for fiat to attend court sessions.

She explained that the reason for such still remained unclear to the family, urging the state government to ensure justice in the case.

Abegunde said, “She has been buried but her memory lives on. I stopped attending the court sitting because I am not happy with the way they are handling it. The actions of the younger children today said a lot about who she was when she was alive. Well, everyone spoke well of her when the incident happened because she was a good person.”JAMB Result

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