Governor Sanwo-Olu Tells Lagosians Not To Board BRT Buses Without Inner Lights At Night.
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned residents across the state against boarding BRT vehicles without inside lights at night.
The governor made the statement in response to the kidnapping and murder of Oluwabamishe Ayanwola, a 22-year-old woman, after she boarded a BRT bus.
Before her gruesome death, Bamise shared a video of herself in a BRT vehicle with no inside lights.
On Tuesday, March 8, the governor indicated that buses that have closed for the day would indicate by turning off their inner lights at an event hosted at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena to honor International Women’s Day.
According to him, when BRT drivers turn off their inner lights, the buses are being returned to their yards empty.
“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 Bamise Ayanwola’s death aboard a BRT bus would be extensively investigated, and that anyone found guilty of what he called a criminal and despicable crime 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, Bamise.
“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 ability to conduct a thorough investigation and identify anyone or a group of people responsible for Bamise’s death.