Two persons have been accused by detectives attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Lagos State Police Command for posing as passengers and killing an Uber driver in an attempt to steal his vehicle.
The suspects, one arrested and the other at large were reported to have strangled the Uber driver identified as Innevosa Emmanuel and made away with his KIA RIO salon car with the number plate KTU 594DM.
The suspects according to report are specialists in stealing cars from Uber drivers.
According to one of the arrested suspects, the men boarded the vehicle from Ikeja to Ogba, Oke-Ira and perpetrated the evil act during the ride after they had sudden;ly ordered the driver to make a U-turn and take them to Oremeji Street, Obawole area of Ogba.
One of the arrested suspects said:
“I and Michael met at Ogba where I went to drink and we became friends. I told him how difficult things were for me that I needed to relocate to Benin to start all over again.
It was at this point that Michael told me about a deal that could fetch me some money that we could get a car and then sell it to his boss.
Michael then told me about one Alex (Emmanuel) who had a vehicle and we agreed to meet the following day. Since then we had been meeting and discussing how to buy the vehicle.
On the fateful day the Uber driver came, I was with Michael in his office and his friend Destiny was with him but I don’t know if he discussed the vehicle deal with Destiny. Around 9:30p.m, we called the Uber driver to come and pick us at Tantalizer eatery at Ogba. I and Destiny were inside the vehicle with the driver, but Michael was outside while I was holding the belt.
Immediately I put the belt across the driver’s neck, Destiny dragged the belt and we strangled him. When we were satisfied that he was dead, we took his corpse to Oremeji Street and dumped him in front of a church around 10:30 p.m., without anybody noticing us.
After killing the driver, we took the vehicle to Michael’s boss to sell it. The buyer then inquired from us where we got the vehicle from and Michael told him that we killed the owner.
The buyer then said we should take the car away and Michael said we should take it to his house and park it outside, before taking it to another buyer in Benin.
Later we were tracked to Benin, arrested and brought back to Lagos.”
Speaking while parading the suspect, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said: “The suspects posed as passengers, strangled the Uber driver and dumped his remains at Ogba and the vehicle was taken to Delta State, where it was recovered and the suspects arrested.”