The police in Lagos State have arrested two men who allegedly dispossessed an Uber driver of his car, N20, 000 and cell phones, while pretending to be passengers. CP Imohimi Edgal, Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, told newsmen on Thursday that the Uber driver was tricked into the robbers’ net by a female accomplice.
“On October 19, 2018 at about 11:30a.m, an Uber driver picked a female passenger from Oniru to Orchid Hotel by 2nd Toll-gate, Lekki, unknown to him the woman belonged to a gang of armed robbers. “On their way to the woman’s destination she asked the driver to pull over to enable her collect money from her boyfriend.
“The driver obliged her and pulled over, in the process, three armed men emerged and robbed the driver of his Toyota Corolla car with Reg. No. KRD-827-EY, two phones and N20,000 and zoomed off with the woman.
“On receipt of the report, operatives of SARS, Oshodi-Tapa, Lagos Island base, visited the scene of the incident, where they picked objects of evidential value for analysis. The result of the enquiry led to the arrest of the two suspects involved in the crime and the recovery of their operational arms; a cut to size double barrel gun with two live cartridges.During interrogation, they confessed to the crime and aided the operatives to recover the stolen car. They also confessed to stealing other cars in Lagos,” he said. Edgal said the suspects also led the operatives to recover one Honda saloon car with registration number GGE-954-BQ which they snatched in Delta State.
He said an investigation was ongoing with a view to arresting other fleeing members of the gang so they can be prosecuted.
It would be recall last year, An Uber counted his losses after a three-man robbery gang snatched his car at gunpoint while pretending to pay him transport fare around an Automated Teller Machine point in the Obalende area of Lagos State. The driver, who gave his name only as Seun for security reasons, was waiting for the passengers to withdraw money from the ATM when one of them suddenly brought out a gun.
The two other members were said to have joined and dispossessed him of the Toyota Corolla, his two phones and N16,000 cash. The robbers were, however, caught by the Close Circuit Television camera around the ATM gallery, where they subdued the driver. Saturday PUNCH learnt that the fleeing robbers had disguised as passengers, asking Seun to take them to Obalende from a clubhouse in Agindigbi, Ikeja, around 3am.
On reaching their destination, they reportedly asked Seun to wait for them while they withdrew money from the ATM to pay the N2,500 fare he charged them.
The report of Uber drivers being robbed is a trending story in Lagos state.