Culprits should be prosecuted – Uber
Expressions of shock and outrage have continued to trail the reported death of an Uber driver, Innevosa Emmanuel in Lagos.
Already, detectives attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two suspects in connection with the incident.
The suspects had posed as passengers and killed an Uber driver, in an attempt to steal his vehicle.
The suspects and one other, who is yet at large, reportedly strangled the driver and disposed him of his KIA RIO salon car marked KTU 594DM.
According to preliminary investigative findings, the suspects had boarded the vehicle from Ikeja to take them to Ogba, Oke-Ira. On they way however, they allegedly had a change of plans and instructed the driver to make a U-turn and take them to Oremeji Street, Obawole area of Ogba, where he was strangled with a belt and the vehicle driven away.
Corroborating the account of the incident, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects at the Command headquarters, said the command received a report of a missing Uber driver, whose car was stolen and the driver missing.
Owoseni said since then, it has been an issue of concern and detectives through their sustained efforts towards the missing driver, two days ago arrested two suspects in connection with the missing driver. “The suspects posed as passengers, strangled the Uber driver and dumped his remains at Ogba and the vehicle was taken to Delta State, where it was recovered and the suspects arrested.”
The Police boss confirmed that the suspects would soon be charged to court
In its own reaction, Uber stated that it regretted the entire episode and called for the diligent investigation and prosecution of all that are culpable.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this tragic news. We are busy reaching out to offer our support to the driver’s family. Our thoughts and hearts go out to his family and we extend our sincerest condolences.
This is a senseless act and the guilty parties must be prosecuted – we are relieved to hear the suspects have been arrested. We will support the authorities in anyway possible to assist in their investigation.’
Identifying its own relationship with the incident the statement noted that ‘we can confirm that the driver was registered to use the Uber app, but he was not using the app during the time of the incident, therefore we have no reason to believe that this crime is related to Uber in any way.”