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Sanwo-Olu Reveals Why BRT Bus On Which Killed Bamise Boarded Had No CCTV Camera

Sanwo-Olu Reveals Why BRT Bus On Which Killed Bamise Boarded Had No CCTV Camera 

Bamise’s body was discovered on Carter Bridge in Lagos, nine days after she was reported missing.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the BRT bus Oluwabamise Ayanwola boarded before her rotting body was discovered is among those purchased in 2021.

Bamise was last seen on Saturday, February 26, 2022, after boarding a BRT bus from Chevron about 7 p.m.

Her corpse was discovered on Carter Bridge in Ogogoro, Lagos Island, nine days after she was reported missing, with portions missing.

Following that, the driver of the BRT bus, Andrew Nice, was detained by Department of State Services (DSS) officers in Ogun state.

Commenting on the incident on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at an event commemorating International Women’s Day, Sanwo-Olu stated that the BRT bus on which the killed Bamise boarded lacked a CCTV camera since it was among those acquired from local manufacturers in 2021.

The governor stated that the batch of BRT buses purchased from local manufacturers lacked CCTV cameras.

He did, however, pledge that his administration was already discussing the prospect of placing CCTV cameras on the buses with local manufacturers.

Sanwo-Olu said, “I think it is important to say this. I have seen on social media, people are asking ‘you don’t have CCTV cameras in your cars and vehicles’. No, it is not true.

“In all of our BRT buses that we procured two and a half years ago, all of them have CCTV cameras and trackers. However the additional ones that we bought locally last year are the ones we have not installed CCTV cameras.

“Because you need to do a lot of configuration before you can put CCTV cameras in them so we are speaking with the manufacturers of that. I don’t need to mention names but they were purchased locally. That is the unfortunate one this particular incident happened.”

The governor also warned Lagosians not to board BRT vehicles that lack lights, especially radar lights that display destination information.

He stated that when the lights on a BRT bus are turned off, it signifies the bus is no longer in operation.

“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 a 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.”

Meanwhile, Nigerians have been calling for justice for Bamise, whose heinous killing has sparked outrage on social media.

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