Bus Conductor Stabs Sex Worker to Death in Lagos.
Police Inspector Jola Oso, a key witness in a murder trial at the Lagos State High Court in Tafawa Balewa Square, provided compelling testimony on Thursday regarding the investigation into the tragic killing of a 28-year-old sex worker, Elochukwu Solomon. The accused, 23-year-old bus conductor Babatunde Oluwadamilare, allegedly confessed to the crime during the course of the investigation.Led by the state prosecuting counsel, Olayemi Shofolu, Inspector Oso recounted the details of the defendant’s statement. According to Oso, Oluwadamilare admitted to having a prior agreement with Solomon to pay her N2,000 (Nigerian currency) for her services. However, after engaging in sexual intercourse, Solomon reportedly demanded an increased fee of N8,000.”The defendant claimed that it was the deceased who initially grabbed his clothes, at which point he noticed a kitchen knife,” Oso revealed. “Reacting swiftly, he seized the knife and fatally stabbed the deceased.”When asked to provide his professional assessment of the case, Oso concluded, “Based on my investigation, it is evident that the deceased, a 28-year-old woman, could have been overpowered by Babatunde without the need for a weapon. Therefore, I believe that the defendant intentionally took the life of the deceased.”Justice Adesanya, presiding over the trial, subsequently adjourned proceedings until June 6, when the trial will resume.It is worth noting that Oluwadamilare was initially arraigned on March 6, 2023, facing a single count charge of murder. According to the prosecutor, the incident occurred on November 6, 2019, at approximately 11 pm, at No 17, Empire Road in the Surulere area of Lagos State.