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DOCTOR-TURNED UBER DRIVER, STRANGLED BY ‘PASSENGERS’ IN LAGOS

Morenikeji Oluwaniyi, a medical doctor, has been strangled by three men he was conveying to Ikeja. They made away with his car after dumping him under the Abule Egba bridge.

The medical doctor, 27-year-old, converted his Toyota Corolla to Uber to raise money for his sustenance while searching for job. He got the job and was to resume a day before he was strangled.

Oluwaniyi’s journey to his death started a supposed passenger whose name is Ahmed called him around 10 pm to convey him to Ikeja on Sunday. Ahmed was joined by three other young men.

When they get got to the Underbridge area in Abule Egba, the young men attacked him and strangled him.

Confirming him dead, they dumped his corpse on the ground and fled with the car to African Shrine for celebration.

When Adeola Adesanwo, Oluwaniyi’s girlfriend, who was with him when Ahmed made his request for the ride, waited for his return around midnight to no avail and couldn’t reach him on phone either, she called the company and they helped in tracking his car to a mechanic’s workshop on Oyadeyi Close, Abule Egba.

According to her: “Oluwaniyi just got a medical job and was supposed to resume at 08:00 am 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.”

“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.

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Wednesday, said detectives attached to the Meiran Police Division arrested three suspects in connection with the crime.

Ajisebutu sai: “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 6th, 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.”

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