Did one Taiwo attempts to use Precious Adebayo for ritual purpose while posing as a bus driver?
This is the question the Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria wants the Lagos State Police Command to answer based on the report of Adebayo that Taiwo almost killed her for ritual purpose.
NOPRIN said it has a report that on June 5, 2013 at about 8pm on June 5, 2013, Adebayo boarded what was supposed to be a commercial bus at Iyana Orile Bus Stop in Orile Agege Local Council Development Area, heading towards Iyana Ipaja.
It was raining at the time she boarded the bus, NOPRIN said.
Taiwo was alone in the bus.
At Mobil Petrol Station on the Old Ipaja Road close to the Lagos State Examinations Board office and the camp of the National Youth Service Corps, the driver told Adebayo that due to the heavy traffic jam on the road to Iyana Ipaja under bridge, he wanted to take a short cut and cut off the traffic by navigating through some inner streets, via Orile Agege LCDA office at Arigbanla to come out at Iyana Ipaja through Aboru Junction.
The driver took several minutes navigating through the inner streets without emerging anywhere known to the passenger.
She became apprehensive.
She complained that she was afraid as she no longer understood where they were and where they were heading to.
She asked the driver to drop her so that she could find her way out to Iyana Ipaja Bus Stop.
But the driver reassured her that they would soon emerge at the expressway, where she would disembark.
Shortly after this conversation, the driver suddenly stopped in a dark corner of a street and told Adebayo that he wanted to pick up something.
He allegedly came down, entered the vehicle from behind, grabbed her throat and tried to choke her.
Adebayo struggled to free herself but the driver held her tightly, hitting her face repeatedly.
He also allegedly hit her head and nose with a wheel spanner and inflicted grievous injuries on her face and head.
She struggled with the driver as he attempted to slit her throat and cut off her nipples.
After a while, when the driver realised that Adebayo had become weak and subdued by the struggle, he left her and went back to his driver’s seat and drove off with her, apparently to take her to a destination where he would complete his evil mission.
While Taiwo was attempting to kick-start his vehicle, which refused to start immediately, Adebayo regained some strength, pushed open the bus door and screamed for help.
Her scream attracted people in the neighbourhood.
When the driver noticed that people were rushing towards them, he abandoned his bus and escaped.
Some concerned people administered First Aid on Adebayo.
She was resuscitated before they directed her to the road where she boarded a vehicle, where she met a relation.
After listening to her ordeal, her relation took her to a police team at Iyana Ipaja under bridge, who then radioed Elere Police Station, Agege.
Officers from Elere Police Station later came and took Adebayo back to the scene of the crime in the night.
The four tyres of the bus had been deflated by people in the neighbourhood.
Owing to the degree of injuries inflicted on her by the suspect, the police took Adebayo to a hospital where she is currently being treated.
At about 1am, Taiwo stole back to the area to remove his bus, unaware that the case had been reported to the police.
He saw that another vehicle had accidentally hit his bus and pushed it into a ditch.
The four tyres were also deflated and the plate numbers removed.
The owner of the other vehicle that hit his bus happened to be around and engaged Taiwo in a heated argument, which resulted in the other man inviting policemen, who eventually arrested and took the two of them to the station.
Adebayo identified Taiwo as the man who attacked her.
NOPRIN commended the Divisional Police Officer of Elere Police Station, Agege, Philip Eze, and his Deputy Crime Officer for their initial professionalism in handling of the case.
The case has subsequently been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti Yaba, where the suspect is undergoing further interrogation.