A medical doctor, Morenikeji Oluwaniyi, has been reportedly strangled by a four-man gang in Abule Egba area of Lagos State.
The 27-year-old was said to have converted his Toyota Corolla to a Uber ride to raise money for his sustenance.
On Sunday, one of the passengers, identified as Ahmed, requested to be conveyed to Ikeja around 10pm.
The suspect was said to have been joined by three other members of the gang.
As the vehicle got to the underbridge area in Abule Egba, they reportedly pounced on Oluwaniyi and strangled him to death.
After perpetrating the crime, Ahmed and his accomplices were said to have dumped the victim’s corpse on the ground and fled with the car.
Oluwaniyi’s girlfriend, Adeola Adesanwo, who was with him when he confirmed Ahmed’s request for the ride, told newsmen that she became worried when his number was not reachable, adding that she tracked his car to a mechanic’s workshop on Oyadeyi Close, in Abule Egba.
“After tracking the car to that location, I noticed that the number plate of the car and the tyres had been removed. I went to report at the Meiran Police Station. Some policemen followed me to the scene and we picked up the mechanic and one of the culprits.
“At the station, they told us that the trip was a set-up, as they had planned to rob any Uber driver and it was unfortunate that it had to be him. They did not even give him an option; they strangled him from the back seat, pushed him out of the car and drove to the Afrika Shrine to celebrate.
“They took us to where the crime was committed at the underbridge in Abule Egba and that was where we found his corpse. They could have asked for the car and he would have dropped it because he was a medical doctor who cherished life,” Adesanwo said.
She revealed that the victim was supposed to resume at his new job a day after he was killed, adding that his family members had been contacted.
“Oluwaniyi just got a medical job and was supposed to resume at 8am on Monday; he accepted to do the trip so he could have extra cash at hand when he resumes.
“He left the house around 10.20pm and by 12 midnight, his phone was switched off and he didn’t return home. When he was still not reachable, I called the company he got the car from and they had already implanted a tracker in the car. The company assisted in tracking the car to the address where it was found,” Adesanwo added.
The Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident in a statement, nothing that detectives attached to the Meiran Police Division arrested three suspects in connection with the crime.
He said: “The suspects, Rilwan Nasiru, 27; Sodiq Taiwo, 23 and Oladimeji, 20, booked a Uber service online, lured the driver to the Meiran area and strangled him. 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.
“Following a report by the victim’s fiancée at the police station on September 6, 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.”