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The high rate at which very innocent people doing their jobs are being murdered now raises a ot of concern. Recall that just recently, a jumia delivery man was murdered too in Lagos. Some very sad incidents indeed.

The Lagos state police command have arrested two men, Osaro Egbomrewen and Michael Eyeoekpe, in connection with the death of an Uber driver , Innevosa Emmanuel, who was strangled to death at the Ogba area of the state recently.

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nuTonomy, Grab, Driverless taxis

The police force paraded the suspects before newsmen yesterday, while the state police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, on the suspects made know that they had posed as passengers and ordered for a taxi using the Uber application. The now deceased driver had arrived their location in Ikeja and was instructed to take them to their destination at Ogba, Oke-Ira.

According to a narrative from one of the suspects, Michael Eyeoekpe, “I and Michael met at Ogba where I went to drink and we became friends. I told him how difficult things were for me that I needed to relocate to Benin to start all over again. It was at this point that Michael told me about a deal that could fetch me some money that we could get a car and then sell it to his boss. Michael then told me about one Alex (Emmanuel) who had a vehicle and we agreed to meet the following day. “

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“Since then we had been meeting and discussing how to buy the vehicle. On the fateful day the Uber driver came, I was with Michael in his office and his friend Destiny was with him but I don’t know if he discussed the vehicle deal with Destiny. Around 9:30p.m, we called the Uber driver to come and pick us at Tantalizer eatery at Ogba. I and Destiny were inside the vehicle with the driver, but Michael was outside while I was holding the belt. Immediately I put the belt across the driver’s neck, Destiny dragged the belt and we strangled him.”

“When we were satisfied that he was dead, we took his corpse to Oremeji Street and dumped him in front of a church around 10:30 p.m., without anybody noticing us. After killing the driver, we took the vehicle to Michael’s boss to sell it. The buyer then inquired from us where we got the vehicle from and Michael told him that we killed the owner. The buyer then said we should take the car away and Michael said we should take it to his house and park it outside, before taking it to another buyer in Benin. Later we were tracked to Benin, arrested and brought back to Lagos”.

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I sincerely think capital punishments should be meted out to perpetrators of these acts to reduce the possibility to another occurrence in the future. The Police commissioner has however said that they will soon be charged to court. But a big question remains that will proper justice be served?