The security operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad attached to the Lagos State Police Command have apprehended two suspects who posed as passengers and murdered an Uber driver in an attempt to steal his vehicle.
The crime was committed at the Obawole end of Ogba, Lagos.
The suspects and one other, who is at large, strangled the driver, Innevosa Emmanuel, and disposed him of his KIA RIO salon car with registration number KTU 594DM.
The suspects always go after uber drivers with the intention of killing them and stealing their cars, to resell them to new buyers, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN reported that the suspects boarded the vehicle from Ikeja to Ogba, Oke-Ira during which they suddenly ordered the driver to make a U-turn and take them to Oremeji Street, Obawole. While at the new destination, the suspects strangled the uber driver with a belt while they drove the vehicle away.
One of the suspects told the Police that “On the fateful day aound 9:30 p.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.”
He added that “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.”
Confirming the incident, the Lagos Police Commissioner, CP Fatai Owoseni disclosed that the command received a report of a missing Uber driver, whose car was stolen and the driver missing.
“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,” he said.
Owoseni added that the suspects would soon be charged to court.