Suspected Uber taxi robber arrested

1303, Uber taxi robber

A suspected robber of Uber taxi has been arrested in Lagos State, the Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), ACP Olatunji Disu, told newsmen on Sunday.

Disu said the suspect was a member of a syndicate notorious for hiring and hijacking Uber Taxi in the state.

Read also: Lagos Uber driver flees with passenger’s $2,000 & N500,000

Narrating how the arrest was made, the Commander said the suspect was arrested by his men posted to Oshodi Oke early Friday morning.

His word, “The suspect, Emmanuel John Ugbomah, 37, from Ndukwa, Delta State, was arrested in Oshodi Oke at 12:30 a.m. on Friday while trying to escape after a botched attempt to hijack an Uber taxi, a black Toyota Corrolla, belonging to one Adebisi. The suspect, in company of two other accomplices, had boarded Adebisi’s Uber taxi in Lekki.

“They reportedly told the victim they were going to Oshodi for which he charged them N4,000. On getting to Ikoyi, the trio told the driver to head to Dolphin where they said they were going to pick a lady friend. At Ikoyi, two of the suspects came down from the vehicle and some minutes later, they came back, saying that the female friend was not going to join them and that he should keep driving to Oshodi-Oke.

“While about to climb the Oshodi-Oke bridge, one of them grabbed the driver from the backseat, while another closed his mouth with his hand.

“A gun-like object was pointed at the driver’s head and they were shouting that he should come down and come to the backseat. “Immediately he unbuckled the seat belt and opened the door, he saw some RRS policemen at the front. “He ran toward them shouting robbers, robbers.

“The police immediately swung to action after he explained to them that his car was about to be stolen.

“They ran toward the direction of the car and apprehended one, but two escaped.”

He added that the victim claimed that his mobile phone and a sum of N80,000 were missing saying some charms, a master key and a pistol-shaped device were recovered from the suspect.

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