Ikechukwu Ozorumba , who killed a driver operating under hail taxi service, Taxify (now Bolt) last year, has finally been nabbed by law enforcement agents. In a widely circulated case, Ikechukwu killed the driver, and then stole the vehicle on December, 26th, 2018. The suspect met his waterloo at the hands of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) Tuesday 26th, 2019.
Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) is responsible for tracking down armed criminals
The 29 year-old offender who lives at No. 16, Yaro Street, Okokomaiko, Lagos committed the crime in concert with one lady identified as Nkelechi, also as known as ‘Sunshine’.
Ozorumba, who hails from Ubolu-Uku in Delta State, killed the Taxify driver and fled with his Toyota Camry car around Bode Thomas Street, Surulere with his accomplice.
Ikechukwu Ozorumba killed the Taxify driver and stole his car
On that day, when the late Taxify driver, Ebenezer Olotu, failed to return home, his family knew something was wrong and alerted the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of FSARS, Lagos Island, Mr. Kola Okunola, who later led the search.
On the day that Olotu was murdered, Ozorumba with his criminal cohort boarded the deceased’s car at Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, at about 11pm. On getting to Okokomaiko at 12am, they then ambushed the driver and strangled him. After killing him, they dumped his body at Jimoh Street in Okokomaiko and disappeared with the Camry with plate number ‘SMK 980 FM’. They drove the car straight to Imo State in search of a buyer.
Taxify and other ride hailing services have faced security challenges in recent times
The FSARS also arrested a palm oil farmer who they say was connected to the crime. The 38 year old farmer who goes by the name Chukwuemeka, from Amaraku in Isiala Mbano, Imo State, was accused of harboring Ozorumba in his farm. In his defence, Chuwuemeka claimed he had no idea that Ozorumba stole a car and murdered someone when he harbored him in his farm.
Recounting how he committed the crime, Ozorumba said:
“On our way, we ordered the driver to surrender his car key to us, but he refused and started struggling with us. In the process, we used an iron rod to hit him, strangled him and dumped his body at Jimoh Street, Okokomaiko. We then drove the car straight to Imo State to look for a buyer.”
The stolen car is a Toyota Camry, which is a popular model in Nigeria
He also added that when he got home that day, his wife saw his blood stained clothes and inquired what happened, he lied to her that he fought in a night club. Investigations continue. Nigeria continues to see road crimes such as traffic light robbery, and car owners need to be security conscious at al times.