Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has warned citizens not to board BRT vehicles without inside lights at night.
Oluwabamishe Ayanwole, 22, was kidnapped and murdered after boarding a BRT vehicle. Bamise tweeted a video of herself in a BRT bus with no interior lights.
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Sanwo-Olu noted that when BRT drivers turn off their interior lights, the buses should return empty to their yards.
“Any bus that has its inner lights on at night is certainly still on service. Once the lights are off and the radar in the bus is not displaying, people should desist from boarding such bus, because it is no longer in service at that period. By that time, the checker and conductor would have been out of the bus, except the driver who is expected to take the empty bus back to their yards'' the governor said
Sanwo-Olu said the circumstances surrounding Ayanwole’s death aboard a BRT vehicle would be extensively investigated, and that anyone found guilty would face harsh punishment.
“There is an investigation that is currently going on and because it is a criminal matter, only the police are empowered constitutionally to fully unravel all of the events that happened, which led to the death of the lady. The development has been condemned at the highest level of the Government. I personally stand to condemn it and offer condolences to the family of our citizen, Oluwabamishe. I have read some narratives and write-ups in the social media in the last few hours. Some people are deliberately and extremely being sensational, posting that Lagos State Government wants to cover something; even my person. These people trivialise life, which appears to me like they just want to score a cheap point. These people are of low minds and have no conscience. Our Government will certainly not be deterred with such wicked narratives. What we are about is to ensure that we transparently get to the roots of the matter. That is why the police and the Department of State Service (DSS) picked up the driver, who ran to another State, where he was arrested. Full wrath of the law will be applied on whoever is found wanting in this matter. And we will ensure the incident does not repeat itself.”
Sanwo-Olu expressed trust in the police’s abilities to thoroughly investigate and identify those responsible for the bus passenger’s death.