Lagos liable for Oluwabamise’s ritual killing, says HURIWA
• Wants N1 billion damages for deceased family
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, indicted the Lagos State Government for the killing of a 22-year-old lady, Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwole, who got missing after boarding a Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicle.
Ayanwola got missing while returning to Ota from Ajah on Saturday, February 26 when she boarded a BRT bus belonging to the Lagos State Government marked 240257 going to Oshodi at about 7:00 p.m. at Chevron Bus-Stop.
HURIWA, in a statement by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said it received the news of her death with shock and trepidation
The group stressed that the incident has shown that the Lagos State government is legally liable because the bus and the facility where she was kidnapped belong to the state and the Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State.
According to HURIWA, since the legal entity and the business premises belong to the Lagos State government, the government of Lagos State and the governor must take direct responsibility for what has happened.
While applauding Lagos State Government and the State’s police command for swiftly arresting the killer of Miss Oluwabamise, the group still feel that the killing is totally avoidable, if the state had done forensic background checks of all the drivers and other staff they are employing in their transport company.
“The Lagos State government owes the citizens the duty of care and the obligations to ensure that they are safe whilst using the services provided for by the government and paid for by the citizens.
“So, since the Lagos state government employed a ritual killer as a driver, they should be held responsible for the death of this innocent girl.
“ Finally, the Lagos state government is advised to pay the sum of N1billion to the family of the victim to avoid lengthy litigation.
“Lastly the Lagos state government should undertake a comprehensive background assessment of all the drivers to be sure there are no other ritual killers embedded in the Lagos state transport services,” the group added.