By Henry Iheanacho
Officers of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two suspected robbers for allegedly dispossessing a driver identified simply as Utibe, of his Toyota Corolla car.
The incident reportedly occurred in the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.
The suspects had ordered a ride from Utibe, who works with ride-hailing company, Bolt.
@sama_on_point shared the story on Twitter, revealing that while on their way to their destination, the suspects brought out sharp objects, stabbed the driver and absconded with his vehicle.
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The car stopped abruptly on the way, making the suspects think fuel had finished in the vehicle and they slept in it until the police tracked them to the location.
He tweeted; “This guy below is my friend’s driver. A ride was ordered at about 8:40pm on Sunday, Sept 20, 2020. He arrived at the pickup location just after Lagos Business School at about 9pm. As he started the trip, the 2 guys (riders) stabbed the driver and drove off with the car.
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“These 2 criminals below are the riders that stabbed the driver and snatched the car. They drove off to the Ibeju Lekki axis. Unknowing to the criminals, the car had a tracker. The tracker was used to switch off the engine. The fools thought it was fuel.
“From the tracker’s voice recording, the car snatchers thought it was fuel shortage. They had no money to buy fuel, so they decided to sleep in the car till morning as it was very late at night. The Police followed the GPS and arrested the criminals sleeping right inside the car!”
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Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said the two alleged robbers, who attacked Utibe, and snatched his car had been arrested.
He said, “On the receipt of the distress call, the Area Commander, Area ‘J’, Ajah, dispatched a team to the scene and traced the snatched car to the Mayfair Garden, Ibeju Lekki, where the suspects were arrested. The driver was rescued and the car recovered.
“The police also recovered one axe stained with blood, and one knife from the suspects. The driver, who was seriously injured, is receiving treatment at a hospital in Lagos State.
“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a discreet investigation into the case, while he warned those, who are planning to engage in criminal acts or have been involved in one crime or the other, to desist and flee Lagos State.”