BRT ‘killing’: Jandor pays mortuary bill of N500,000 for Bamise’s family

Missing BRT passenger Oluwabamise Ayanwole

Lagos State PDP governorship candidate Olajide Adediran aka Jandor has paid over N500,000 as accumulated mortuary bill for the family of the late fashion designer, Bamise Ayanwole, allegedly murdered by a BRT driver.

Ayanwole, 22, was allegedly raped and killed on February 26 after boarding a BRT driven by Andrew Ominnikoron.

Mr Ominnikoron is standing trial on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, rape and murder before a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square.

Ayanwole’s remains are still at the Mainland Hospital mortuary in Yaba.

After a meeting of his representative and the deceased’s family members at his Liberty House, Ikeja, Jandor said that he was touched by the family’s pain.

The governorship candidate, who is observing lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia, was represented at the meeting by the spokesman of the JandorFunke4Governor Campaign Organisation.

“This incident happened about eight months ago, and Dr Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran has been concerned.

“He is a man with milk of human kindness and has visited the family members to commiserate and identify with them.

“He has been keeping in touch to find a way of ameliorating your pain.

“The life of Lagos residents matters so much to Jandor,” Ogunleye said.

In his response, the deceased’s brother, Oluwapelumi Ayanwole-Abegunde, commended the governorship candidate for standing by the family since his sister died.

Ayanwole-Abegunde said that the family members were taken aback when they were notified by the mortuary attendant that the morgue bill had accumulated to more than N500,000 and that the family was expected to pay it.

He said: “We were surprised because we didn’t take her (Bamise) to the mortuary in the first place.

“We went to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, to get clarification but we were told that after the autopsy report, the onus lied on us to pay the bill.

“This has been accumulating without our knowledge. We are very grateful to Jandor for being moved by the story and offering to assist in upsetting the bill.

“He has been a man full of empathy for the less privileged and the masses.”

According to him, Jandor personally visited the family when the news of Bamise’s alleged murder broke.