The Primero Transport Services Limited, an operator of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos, says it does not operate on the Ajah-Oshodi route where a 22-year-old passenger onboard BRT was allegedly kidnapped.
The media has been awashed with the news of Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwola, who got missing while returning to Ota from Ajah since Feb. 26, when she boarded a BRT bus with number 240257 going to Oshodi at about 7 p.m. at Chevron Bus-Stop.
It was reported that the driver of the bus belonging to the Lagos Bus Service Limited (LBSL) had not been seen since the incident broke out, but the police in Lagos and the operators are still searching for a BRT driver and the missing girl.
Reacting, Mr Fola Tinubu, Managing Director, Primero Transport Services Ltd. said in a statement on Saturday night that the media should distance the firm from the incident.
According to him, the firm is however seriously concern about the unfortunate incident but the public should know the company does not operate on the corridor where the case allegedly happened.
Tinubu said: “Our attention has been drawn to comments in the media on the case of a missing person alleged to have boarded a BRT bus in the Chevron area of Lagos State.
“Primero, as a private organisation, is concerned about the safety of all her customers and Lagos commuters in general.
“We take the safety and security of all commuters on Primero buses as a priority, and as such, this report is a concern to us.
“However, the alleged routes plied by the bus (Chevron/Lekki), is not operated by Primero Transport Services Limited.
“The alleged bus, identified in the video distributed on social media, is not owned or operated by Primero Transport Services Limited.”
According to him, there are several Bus Operating Companies (BOCs) in Lagos state managing ‘blue BRT’ buses.
He explained that these BOCs are assigned different routes across the state by the regulatory body, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).
Tinubu said that Primero was assigned the Ikorodu to TBS and Oshodi to Abule Egba corridors.
“Our buses do not operate at Chevron/Lekki/Ajah.
“We are as concerned as the family and friends of Bamise Ayanwole, and we are hoping for positive news from authorities on her welfare,” Tinubu said. (NAN)