The saying ‘these are perilous times’ is now the order of the day as Nigerian youths cry out because of the way they are killed mercilessly, especially the ladies day by day. The kidnapping and gruesome murder of 22-year-old Oluwabamise Ayanwole during a trip on a state-run Bus Rapid Transit vehicle on the 26th of February has caused an uproar in Lagos State.
Her corpse was discovered a week later on Carter Bridge, Lagos Island leaving the family in a serious state of grief. When she was found, it was said that some of her body parts were missing which has made a lot of people conclude that she was used for money rituals. The incidence of ritual killings is rising fast across Nigeria and suspicions are that Bamise may have fallen victim.
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Bamise was one of the promising youths of Nigeria as worked as a fashion designer in Ajah but usually spent her weekends in Ota, Ogun State, with her brother, Pelumi. The young lady left home on February 26 not knowing that that day will be her last on earth. Reports stated that after boarding the bus, she noticed that there were only three other passengers. When the bus did not stop to pick more passengers, she became concerned, recording and sending voice notes on WhatsApp to her friend.
Sensing danger, she had alerted her friend, Felicia Omolara, via WhatsApp. This provided a cogent lead into her disappearance and eventual death. The use of social media by a lot of youths in today’s society came in handy, as this has given a better understanding of Bamise’s terrible journey. However, the police have arrested the prime suspect in the case, who is the driver of the BRT vehicle, Andrew Nice. He was arrested while hiding in Ogun State.
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Paraded by the police, the driver claimed the bus was hijacked by gunmen but could not explain when asked why he fled to Ososa. One report said he had earlier confessed to having violated the victim. While the divers claim to be innocent, many have stated that why didn’t he call the authorities immediately the incident happened if he is indeed innocent, but he fled instead.
Again another Nigerian youth has met a sad end not because she did anything but just because she entered a BRT bus. In a world that has become highly digitalized the archaic method of waiting 48 hours before declaring someone missing should be stopped because these kidnappers only need a few hours if not minutes to kill a person, do away with the body and escape. Bamise is not the first youth to suffer such a brutal death or kidnapping, from Hinny Umoren who was raped and murdered after being lured by a fake job interview in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to Adewura Lateefat Bello who was found dead in a canal after boarding a bike in Lagos, the list is a long one and it is fast becoming rampant especially for the ladies. Many have concluded that women are no longer safe because they have been the ones targeted so far. The government both at the state and federal level needs to do something real quick about these atrocities being committed before safety becomes a forgotten word in our society.
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