Andrew Nice Omininikron, the driver of the BRT that late Bamise Ayanwole, a 22-year-old fashion designer, boarded before she was abducted and later found dead on February 26, has pleaded not guilty to the four charges brought by the Lagos state government against him.
On Tuesday, March 22, Omininikron was hauled before the State High Court in Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, on a four-count accusation of rape, conspiracy, and murder of his passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwola.
The presiding judge, Justice Sherifat Sonaike, was told by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Dr Jide Martins, that on November 25, 2021, the defendant allegedly raped a 29-year-old lady, Nneka Maryjane Ozezulu, without her consent. According to him, the event occurred at 7 p.m. at the Lekki-Ajah Conservation Centre, which is located off the Lekki-Ajah motorway in Lagos.
The DPP also told the court that Andrew Nice colluded with others who are still at large to force sexual intercourse with his 22-year-old passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, without her consent, before murdering her. Dr. Martins claimed the rape occurred on the Lekki-Ajah Conservation expressway on February 25, 2022, around 8 p.m.
On February 26, 2022, the defendant and others still at large unlawfully killed Oluwabamise Ayanwola by tossing her out of a moving bus at Carter Bridge after having sexual intercourse with her without her consent, according to the prosecution counsel.
According to the prosecutor, the offenses were committed in violation of Sections 411, 223, 260, and 165 of the Lagos State Criminal Laws of 2015.
When the defendant was read all of the counts, he pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him.
Following his plea, the DPP requested that the defendant be remanded in custody at the Ikoyi jail. He also requested a date for his trial. The court directed that the defendant be remanded in the Ikoyi jail without objections from the defense lawyer, Mr Isaac Ezeawem.
The matter was then deferred to May 9, 10, and 11, 2022, when the court said the trial will begin.