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Okada Ban Stalls Murder Trial of BRT Driver, Andrew Nice

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The trial of Andrew Nice was stalled Wednesday as he was absent in court.

The Lagos State Director of Public Persecution, Babajide Martins informed the court at the resumption of the trial, that the Nigeria Correctional Centre in Ikoyi decided not to let any inmate out, due to a rumoured plan by motorcycle taxi (okada) operators to riot.

Coincidentally, Wednesday, 1 June is the day the Lagos State government’s ban on okada in six local government areas begins.

Mr. Martins said the Lagos Island area has been known to be a hotbed of revolt during such protests.

The correctional centre, therefore, decided to avoid having any inmates take advantage of the rumoured riot to escape.

Justice Serifat Sonaike thereafter adjourned the matter to the earlier scheduled 7th and 9th of June for the continuation of trial.

Andrew Nice is standing trial on a five-count charge that includes the murder of Bamise Ayonwola, a 22-year-old lady who got on the bus he was driving on 26 February and was next seen as a dead person.

Three witnesses were present in court to testify against him.


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