- Three men allegedly teamed up to kill an Uber taxi driver in Lagos
- One of the suspects revealed to the Lagos police that they strangled the victim with a belt
- The aim of the killing according to the arrested suspects was to make away with the car
- They then tried to sell the car, but were arrested in the process
The anti-kidnapping squad of the Lagos state police command have successfully arrested two men who posed as passengers in order to kill an Uber driver and steal his vehicle.
One of those involved in the gruesome crime is still at large. The three men strangled the driver, Innevosa Emmanuel and stole his car.
According to Vanguard, the suspects mode of operation was to request Uber rides with the intention of killing the drivers and stealing their cars, to resell them to new buyers.
This time they boarded the vehicle from Ikeja to take them to Ogba, Oke-Ira during which they suddenly ordered the driver to make a U-turn and take them to Oremeji Street, Obawole area of Ogba.
There, he was strangled with a belt by the robbers and the vehicle was driven away.
One of the suspects had this to say: “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."
Mr Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos state commissioner of police, who paraded the suspects, said the command received a report of a missing Uber driver, whose car was stolen and the driver missing.
They successfully apprehended two of the suspects during the investigation. He 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.”
Meanwhile, the police have warned Lagosians to be careful when getting the service of house helps or security guards as there was intelligence report that fleeing Boko Haram terrorists were infiltrating cities.
Yet, what has led to this life of crime? NAIJ.com recently interviewed a Lagosian, and this is what he had to say: