The Lagos State Police Command has detained three male suspects in the grisly murder of Morenikeji Stephen Oluwaniyi, a 27-year-old Uber driver, and the theft of his Toyota Corolla saloon car.
The offenders were apprehended by detectives attached to the Meiran Police Division, Lagos State, according to a statement issued by the Command’s Spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.
He stated that: “the suspects, Rilwan Nasiru, 27; Sodiq Taiwo, 23 and Oladimeji, 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.
“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.