PRESS RELEASE :
DATELINE : 10TH MARCH, 2022
LATE BAMISHE AYANWOLE : IS THERE BLOOD ON GOVERNMENT’S LIPS？
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights – CDHR, Lagos State Branch has been closely following events relating to the 22year old Late Miss Oluwabamishe Ayanwole who was brutally murdered in a Lagos State-owned BRT bus which she boarded from Ajah en route Oshodi as she was Ikotun-bound ending of February 2022.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command having addressed The Press earlier and confirming that the BRT bus driver – the murder suspect – had been apprehended and has confessed to have committed the crime, one then wonders why Lagos State Government, in what appears to be a twist of event, is putting up a defence in support of the BRT murder suspect. Wouldn’t government have taken a stiff stand if the murder suspect were not an employee of the BRT? Could it be true that Lagos State Government wants Lagosians and indeed the whole world to believe that it was a case of hijack even after the murder suspect has confessed to have committed the crime? Why should a prime suspect in a murder case of this magnitude be handed over to government by the security agencies simply because he is an employee of BRT – an agency of the State Government? These and other related questions should be answered by the State Government so as not to make the general public particularly Lagosians to believe that there is complicity in this murder case on the part of the State Government.
According to Section 14B of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, : ”THE SECURITY AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE SHALL BE THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT”. So, if the security of the people cannot be guaranteed and in a clear case of murderous act as that of Late Bamishe Ayanwole in a BRT bus, and justice cannot be done, where then lies the primary purpose of government?
In addition, RIGHT TO LIFE is a fundamental right as enshrined in Chapter 4, Section 33, Subsection 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
OUR DEMAND :
- CDHR hereby demands that the Prime Suspect – the Bus Rapid Transport – BRT driver involved in the murder case of 22 year old Late Miss Oluwabamishe Ayanwole should immediately be prosecuted and tried in a competent court in accordance with the Laws of the Land.
- We equally demand and state unequivocally, that there should be NO COMPROMISE in this MURDER CASE. As many others as are found guilty in this muderous act should be brought to book. In other words, NO SACRED COW SHOULD BE RECOGNISED.
We hereby call on the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba and the entire Judiciary of Lagos State to, please, for the sake of HUMANITY and JUSTICE, intervene in this serious case of ”BLUE MURDER ” which, if not properly and transparently handled, is capable of making the entire Lagosians lose confidence in the State Government. The award-winning Lagos State Judiciary should please STEP IN NOW.
Committe for the Defence of Human Rights – CDHR – shall continue to monitor the case until JUSTICE is not only done but also be seen to have been done！
ALUTA CONTINUA …….
Comrade Kehinde Adeoye, State Chairman, CDHR, Lagos Branch.
Comrade Mufutau Bello, State Secretary, CDHR, Lagos Branch.
Comrade ‘Toyin Adetunji, State P.R.O, CDHR, Lagos Branch.
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