Doctor-Turned Uber driver killed by Passengers, his Car stolen
Morenikeji Oluwaniyi, a young medical Doctor, was allegedly strangled by a four-man gang in the Abule Egba neighborhood of Lagos State.
To supplement his income, the 27-year-old allegedly transformed his Toyota Corolla into an Uber service.
One of the hoodlums, identified only as Ahmed, requested to be transported to Ikeja around 10 p.m. on Sunday, according to reports.
Three additional members of the gang were believed to have joined the suspect.
The hoodlums reportedly pounced on him and strangled him as the vehicle approached the Underbridge area in Abule Egba.
Ahmed and his accomplices are reported to have pushed the victim’s body to the ground and escaped with the automobile after committing the murder.
Adeola Adesanwo, Oluwaniyi’s girlfriend, who was with him when he confirmed Ahmed’s request for a trip, said she grew very worried when his phone number was disconnected, and she tracked his car to a mechanic’s workshop on Oyadeyi Close in Abule Egba.
She was quoted as saying, “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.”
The victim was set to commence a new job the day after he was killed, according to Adesanwo, who also stated that his family members had been informed.
She said, “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.”
CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said in a statement on Wednesday that detectives from the Meiran Police Division had arrested three suspects in connection with the murder.
He said, “The suspects, Rilwan Nasiru, 27; Sodiq Taiwo, 23 and Oladimeji, 20, booked an 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.”