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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Photo: Robbers use girlfriend to snatch Uber car in Lagos

Photo: Robbers use girlfriend to snatch Uber car in Lagos



The Lagos state police command have arrested a 27-year Uber driver, Collins Okafor, for allegedly conniving with his friends to snatch the car of another Uber driver in Lagos.

Okafor was arrested along with Ibrahim Tijani (31), Sadiq Oyenuga (34), Ayoage Agoke (25) and John Okpe (26). 

The New Telegraph reports that another suspect, Michael currently at large, had asked his girlfriend simply identified as Joy to book an Uber taxi online on January 19th. Michael and his gang members later snatched the car at gunpoint from the driver who immediately reported the stolen vehicle at Maroko Police Station. Policemen went after the fleeing robbers and recovered the car and arested the suspects.

One of the robbers, Okafor, who is also an Uber driver, had masterminded the operation. Speaking to newsmen, Okafor said
''The car I drive was given to me by someone. One day the owner threatened to collect his car because I defaulted in payment. In order to remain in business, I contracted my friends to assist me to snatch a car from another Uber driver. I promised to pay them as soon as I started making money using the vehicle as a driver. When I told my friends about the plan, they accepted. I didn’t know when and how to go about the operation. On the fateful day they wanted to snatch the car, Michael called me to come. He said that I should use the car with me to give other gang members a ride. When we got to a particular area in Lekki, Michael’s girlfriend, Joy, went to meet the driver of the car, which she booked online.”
Other gang members joined Joy and soon snatched the car from the bewildered driver and zoomed off.
Another suspect, Agoke, said:
“Before we departed from Michael’s house, some of us were asked to sit in Collins’ car. Soon, Michael’s girlfriend went to the Uber driver, which she booked online. Others followed and they brought out a gun and collected the car from the driver. I was assigned to drive the stolen car. We took the car to Collins’ compound. Collins promised to give me money, but didn’t mention the amount. What he told us was that his boss wanted to collect the car he was using for business; therefore, he needed another car, which was why he ran to us to assist him. He said that he didn’t have money to buy a car.”
Agoke, however, added that he was arrested after the stolen car was tracked to Okafor’s compound. Stating his own side of the story, Oyenuga explained that he was arrested by the police who thought that Michael was with him. He said
“I was at home when the policemen came to arrest me. I was asked to take them to Michael’s house. When we got there, we didn’t find him, but his elder brother was arrested and taken to the command. I don’t know anything about armed robbery.” Okpe, another alleged member, explained that he was with Okafor in his car and that they were going to the club, but along the way, things took a different turn. He said: “I was inside Collins’ car.
The suspects according to the police will be arraigned in court soon. 
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