By Dipo Olowookere
Two suspects have been arrested in Benin City, Edo State, and brought back to Lagos State for their alleged role in the death of an Uber driver in Lagos with KIA RIO salon car marked KTU 594DM.
The accused persons, Mr Michael Eyeoekpe and Mr Osaro Egbomrewen, were alleged to have recently strangled one Mr Innevosa Emmanuel to death at about 9:30pm at Ogba area of the state, when they contracted his services.
They were paraded before newsmen on Tuesday by the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
Narrating how they allegedly killed the Uber driver, one of the suspects said, “I and Michael met at Ogba where I went to drink and we became friends.
“I told him how difficult things were for me that I needed to relocate to Benin to start all over again. It was at this point that Michael told me about a deal that could fetch me some money that we could get a car and then sell it to his boss.
“Michael then told me about one Alex (Emmanuel) who had a vehicle and we agreed to meet the following day.
“Since then we had been meeting and discussing how to buy the vehicle. On the fateful day the Uber driver came, I was with Michael in his office and his friend Destiny was with him but I don’t know if he discussed the vehicle deal with Destiny.
“Around 9:30pm, we called the Uber driver to come and pick us at Tantalizer eatery at Ogba. I and Destiny were inside the vehicle with the driver, but Michael was outside while I was holding the belt. Immediately I put the belt across the driver’s neck, Destiny dragged the belt and we strangled him.
“When we were satisfied that he was dead, we took his corpse to Oremeji Street and dumped him in front of a church around 10:30 p.m., without anybody noticing us.
“After killing the driver, we took the vehicle to Michael’s boss to sell it. The buyer then inquired from us where we got the vehicle from and Michael told him that we killed the owner.
“The buyer then said we should take the car away and Michael said we should take it to his house and park it outside, before taking it to another buyer in Benin.
“Later we were tracked to Benin, arrested and brought back to Lagos”.
This latest incident comes barely three weeks after a staff of Jumia, an online store, was killed in Port Harcourt in Rivers State by those who ordered for a product on the platform.
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