Robbery, money rituals, money laundering, and the likes have now become the order of the day especially in many areas within Lagos.
Can you just imagine the greediness of some two Nigerian young men who had applied for an Uber driver’s service only to end up robbing him of his car?
The Lagos police command operatives have successfully arrested one Olalekan Ogundoju who had reportedly connived with another suspect who is still on the run to snatch a certain Nigerian-used Toyota Corolla sedan car from one Ogadinma Ikeagu the said owner.
According to reports reaching us at Naijauto.com, the car owner Ikeagu was said to have used a plate number KJA 69 FE on his Toyota Corolla car which he registered for a metro ride-handling service popularly known as Uber. The reports further stated that Ikeagu had gone to pick these two suspects around the late hours of 11.50 pm in the Afrikan Shrine area at Alausa, Ikeja because they had passed as passengers needing his service under the Uber platform.
CSP Chike Oti – the state police public relations officer said in a press statement on Sunday 27th of January 2019, that the command operatives were actually on crime prevention patrol when they came across Ikeagu who was crying for help as at the time because of his just stolen car. The CSP added that an immediate chase began in the described direction of the fleeing car theft suspects and this chase eventually led to the arrest of Ogundoju just around the areas of Victoria Island, Lagos.
The face of the arrested suspect Ogundoju who allegedly snatched the Uber driver’s car
This was the actual words of CSP Chike Oti as the press releases have it:
“On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, around 11.50pm, the anti-crime patrol team of the Maroko Police Station, led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Isah Abdulmajid, while on crime prevention patrol, came across one Ogadinma Ikeagu, who was crying for help. He narrated that his Toyota Corolla saloon car, with number plate KJA 69 FE, had just been snatched by two passengers he picked up at the Afrikan Shrine.
The DPO took the driver in his patrol vehicle and they drove in the same direction taken by the thieves while escaping with the car. Fortunately for the distressed Uber driver, the police team was able to intercept the car in Victoria Island.
Although one of the suspected thieves escaped, the team arrested the partner in crime, one Ogundoju Olalekan of No. 14 Shomorin Street, Ifako, Gbagada. He was immediately searched and two wooden prototypes of Berratta pistols were recovered from him.”
On interrogation, he confessed to have committed the crime.”
Also, going by the words of the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had given directions that the other suspect(s) who had fled must be arrested and brought to justice soon.
Things are beginning to get out of hand with multiple irritating crimes increasing daily in our dear nation Nigeria. We can imagine what would have happened to the above Uber driver if the police command weren’t on patrol that night?
Also, due credit should be given to the officers of the Lagos Police command who went into quick action on getting the robbery report because as you all know that on a normal day, most corrupt officers wouldn’t swing into action at all. Rather they would keep on asking the Uber car owner, Ikeagu, as many questions as possible until they eventually complain of no fuel in their patrol car to chase the thieves.
Overall, we hope that the other suspect(s) will be caught soon and dealt with. Crimes like this should be highly dealt with in order to foster new innovations and development like the Uber ride-handling service in Nigeria.
God bless Nigeria!
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