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The trial of Andrew Ominnikoron, driver of Bus Rapid Transit charged with the rape and murder of a 22-year-old fashion designer, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, was on Wednesday stalled due to the absence of the defendant.

Mr Ominikoro is accused of raping and murdering a 22-year-old fashion designer, Bamise Ayanwola in February inside a BRT bus.

The driver is also accused of raping another passenger Maryjane Odezelu, on November 25.

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The Director of Public Persecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, told the court at the resumption of the trial on Wednesday that the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Ikoyi had taken the initiative not to let out any inmates.

He said this was due to the rumours of riot by some commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada after the ban by the Lagos State Government.

He said the Lagos Island area has been known to be a hotbed during such incidents and they intend to prevent any inmate from taking advantage of such incidents to escape custody.

Three witnesses were present in court to testify against the defendant.

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