The Management of Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL) has expressed deep sadness over “the devastating tragedy which resulted in the demise of Miss Oluwabamishe Ayanwola, the 22-year-old lady who went missing in transit while on board our bus on 26th February 2022 and was unfortunately found dead by the Lagos Police Command”.
A Press Statement made available to Transport Day and signed by the Managing Director of LBSL, Idowu Oguntona, added that “the Management and staff of LBSL acknowledge the emotional trauma of the Ayanwola family at this time and identify with them as mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters ourselves.
“Since the news of the disappearance of Miss Ayanwola was brought to our attention, we have worked assiduously with the Lagos Police Command and other security agencies to ensure she is found and brought home safely, it was therefore extremely distressing for us as an organization to receive the report of her demise. We condemn this inhuman act in its entirety”.
LSBL stated further that “yesterday, Mr. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his Press Release promised that the Lagos State Government will leave no stone unturned in the investigations and everyone found culpable in the kidnap and death of Miss. Oluwabamishe Ayanwola will be made to face justice accordingly.
“In line with Mr. Governor’s firm commitment, we will continue to give the family and the appropriate authorities, the necessary support that will ensure the prompt conclusion of investigations to bring the perpetrator(s) of this evil act to justice.
“In this very sad period, we want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and loved ones of Miss. Oluwabamishe Ayanwola. We share in their grief and pray that God will give them the required fortitude to bear this deep loss.
“Our customers are at the heart of what we do, therefore at LBSL, we are not unaware of the concerns of Lagosians at this time. In our 3 years of operations, we have maintained an excellent safety record, and this isolated incident notwithstanding, we wish to reassure our Stakeholders/Commuters, that we have already began a review of our safety and security procedures. We remain committed to putting in place, any recommendations by the authorities to ensure that our buses remain safe to travel in.
“Over the course of the next few weeks, we shall engage the public, reminding them of all the safety features in our buses and how to use them”.