The alleged murderers of the Uber driver indicted in court
Three men who allegedly strangled a radiologist-turned-Uber driver to death and escaped in his Toyota Corolla appeared in a Magistrate’s Court in Ebute Meta in Lagos Thursday.
Sodiq Taiwo, Rilwan Nasiru and Pelumi Oladimeji, aged 23, 27 and 20, respectively, appeared before Magistrate WA Salami on three counts of conspiracy to murder, murder and theft.
They allegedly killed Morenikeji Oluwaniyi, whom they had booked to take them in his car to the Meiran region in Lagos state.
The magistrate was unable to take their pleadings but remanded them in custody at Ikoyi Detention Center pending the opinion of the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
Earlier, prosecutor Temitope Adegbie told court that the trio committed the alleged offense on September 5 at around 10 p.m. in Abule Egba, Lagos state.
She alleged that the trio fled with Mr. Oluwaniyi’s Toyota Corolla with registration number KSF 830 GX, after strangling him to death.
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Ms Adegbie argued that the car was worth 2 million naira.
Mr. Oluwaniyi was reportedly arrested and lured by the defendants to take them to Meiran, where they allegedly conspired and strangled him to death and took him away in his car.
His body was reportedly thrown over the Abule Egba Bridge.
Following a complaint from his fiancée, his car was located and recovered, while the defendants were apprehended by the police.
According to the prosecutor, the alleged offenses violate Articles 223, 233 and 287 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015.
The court adjourned the case until October 27 for mention.
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