By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigation Correspondent, Lagos/
LAGOS- THREE persons suspected to be responsible for the murder of an Uber driver and stealing of his vehicle have been arrested in Lagos. Police sources who identified the deceased as Morinikeji Stephen Oluwaniyi was reportedly booked and later hacked to death by the trio of Messrs Rilwan Nasiru, Sodiq Taiwo, and Oladimeji somewhere in Egbeda area of the metropolis. According to sources, after hacking the victim to death, his Toyota Corolla Saloon car was snatched away and sold at give away price to yet to be ascertained buyer.
A statement by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu made available to CrimeWorld magazine online said the curtains dropped on the suspescts after detectives attached to Meiran Division tracked them to their criminal hideout where they were rounded up. He said, “Three male suspects who conspired together and gruesomely murdered an UBER driver, Morenikeji Stephen Oluwaniyi, aged 27, and made away with his Toyota Corolla saloon car have been arrested by detectives attached to Meiran Division.
The suspects, Rilwan Nasiru, aged 27; Sodiq Taiwo, aged 23 and Oladimeji, aged 20 booked UBER service online, lured the driver to Meiran area and strangled him to death. The suspects, after the dastardly act, dumped his body on the Abule Egba bridge, along the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway and made away with his Toyota Corolla Saloon car with Reg. No. KSF 830 GX.
Following a report by victim’s fiancée at the Police Division on 6th September, 2021, detectives immediately put in motion investigation mechanisms which led to the arrest of the suspects in their criminal hideouts, and recovery of the stolen car.
Continuing, CSP Ajisebutu added, “The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, pleased with the breakthrough but saddened by the incident, has directed that the case should be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution.
The Commissioner of Police while commiserating with the victim’s family, has assured that no stone would be left unturned to diligently prosecute the case. He further admonishes UBER drivers and others operating a similar business to be security conscious always and be wary of the passengers who patronize them.”
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