The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has urged the Lagos State Government to investigate the murder of a 22-year-old fashion designer who was discovered dead after boarding the state’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
NAWOJ made the call in a statement signed by the Chairperson, Comrade Adeola Ekine, and the Secretary, Lilian Ario.
While applauding the government’s efforts in arraigning the Bus Man/prime suspect, Nice (Andrew) Omininikoron, in the Yaba Magistrate Court, the association also hopes for swift processes and a quick decision to demonstrate her competency and ensure that the situation is handled properly.
“Our members, as female journalists in the state, are closely following the proceedings and events as they unfold and promise to bring the case to a logical conclusion, bearing in mind that Bamise was a promising young lady who died tragically five months after completing her apprenticeship and three months after starting work,” the statement reads.
NAWOJ buttressed that the alleged killer needed to be brought to book as reports have shown that he had earlier molested another female victim using the same method on Thursday, November 25, 2021.
The Lagos NAWOJ thereafter urged women to be more security vigilant and to raise the alarm at any suspicion.
“Likewise, LAWOJ urges the Lagos State Government and all transporters to install security alarms and gadgets in the event of such an incident,” the statement reads.
Finally, Lagos NAWOJ expresses its condolences to Bamise’s family and the entire female community, particularly her 74-year-old mother.