Bamise: Soldiers, police take over Gani Fawehinmi Park over planned protest

Oluwabamise Ayanwole who went missing after boarding BRT

Soldiers and police officers have been deployed to the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos where some youths proposed to call for justice for the late Oluwabamise Ayanwole.

Ms Ayanwole, 22, went missing after boarding a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) vehicle on February 26. Her body was found on Carter Bridge, police said on Monday.

The protest tagged ‘Justice for Bamise’, which is being promoted on social media, is to hold on Tuesday beginning from Gani Fawehinmi Park, down to the state secretariat on Alausa, Ikeja. Protests are also slated to take place at all BRT terminals in Lagos.

An aspirant for the Lagos Central Senatorial District seat Victoria Oniru had on Monday night joined others to call for peaceful protest to demand justice for Bamise.

“Bamise must get the justice she truly deserves, her death must not be in vain,” Oniru posted, while sharing a flyer containing details of the peaceful protest.

On social media, there has been outrage over the incident.

“Bamise was my age mate. Now, she’s no more, because she entered a BRT, a government owned bus in Lagos,” one of the faces of #EndSARS protests Rinu Oduala tweeted on Monday night.

“I’m sorry, Bamise. The country failed you. LAMATA must pay for this. Everyone involved must pay. She could have been anyone! #JusticeForBamise.”

As of 9am, no protester was seen at the park.