Posted by Daniel. on 10 May, 2022 under Naija News
A prosecution witness, Nneka Maryjane Odezulu, in the rape and murder trial of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) driver, Andrew Ominnikoron, has narrated how she was raped from behind by the defendant.
Testifying before Justice Sherifat Sonaike, of Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa TBS, Odezulu said the defendant raped her from behind after he tore and ordered her to remove her clothes.
The witness was led in examination-in-chief by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo(SAN).
Narrating how it happened, the 29-year-old sales representative and a mother, said that on November 25, 2021, after she closed from her place of work, around 8p.m., she stood at Alesh Hotel Bus Stop, where she saw the BRT bus parked.
Odezulu approached the driver (the defendant) and asked him if he was going to get her bus stop â€” Jakande â€” and he said yes.
So she asked how much the fare was and he said N100; she boarded the bus and sat at the back.
The witness stated that about four seconds later, a man approached the defendant and asked him if he was going to Oshodi.
He said yes, then they started arguing about the price until the man left without entering the bus.
â€œWhen I entered the BRT, the lights were on, but on getting to Lekki Conservation, Lekki-Ajah Expressway, he stopped the bus.
â€œHe then brought out a drug and took it with water. I did not bother myself because I thought it was a normal medication.
â€œAfter that he asked me to come to the front seat, asking why I am sitting at the back.
â€œThen I stood up and went to sit at the front. Then he started asking me questions: my name, age, where I live; in the process he brought out his phone and talked about two transactions.
â€œAfterwards, said â€˜back to our discussionâ€™; and said letâ€™s go and park somewhere and discuss.
â€œI said sir, I am coming back from work,tired and need to go and pick my daughter from after school. That was when I noticed that his manhood was up.
â€˜I held the chair, begging while he raped me from behindâ€™
â€œThen I brought out my phone, wanted to call somebody and record what was happening.
â€œHe was like â€˜what are you doing? Who do you want to call?â€™ He got up from the driverâ€™s seat and collected my phone from me.
â€œHe held on to a small knife and dragged me to the back and said I should pull off my clothes. I refused and we started dragging.
â€œHe said I should remove everything because I was not a baby. He slapped me and held my neck and wanted to strangle me; I couldnâ€™t breath again.
â€œThen his face changed and he said that if he kills me now, nothing will happen and nobody will know where I am that I should respect my self.
â€œHe pushed me down at the back seat, I held the seats and was begging him. He held the knife, tore my clothes and raped me from the back.
â€œAfter that I told him to drop me. He said I told him that I was going to Jakande and he would drop me at my bus stop.
â€œOn getting to my bus stop, I asked him to please give me my phone and open the door for me. He he started apologising that he was sorry for everything that happened.
â€œHe said I should give him my account number, I told him, I donâ€™t need his money.
â€œThen he said that I am being stubborn, that I donâ€™t want to give him my account number.
â€œSo I gave him my account number and he sent N3,000 and said I should use it to buy pain killers.
â€œHe asked me to give him my phone number, I gave him before he gave me back my phone and then opened the bus door.
â€œThen I used my phone to record the plate number from the back.
â€œFew hours later he called me and said he was sorry. He asked me if I had gotten home, picked my daughter from after-school.
â€œI did not answer any of his questions. Then I ended the call. He called me back the next day and subsequently, but I did not pick his calls.â€