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Uber says slain driver wasn’t using app during incident

…promises to assist in prosecution of suspects
By Prince Osuagwu

Ride hailing app, Uber has said that although slain cab driver, Ehobosa Alex, was a registered Uber driver, he was however not using the app at the time his killers boarded his ride.

According to Uber, “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 any way possible to assist in their investigation”.

Identifying the driver, the mobile software company said, “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.”

The slain driver was declared missing on Sunday before his body was later found at Iju area of Lagos.

However, the long arm of the law caught up with the two men, Osaro Egbomrewen and Michael Eyeoekpe, who allegedly murdered the cab driver.

The suspects who were paraded before newsmen in Lagos state, Tuesday were said to have posed as passengers and ordered for the services of the taxi driver.
When the deceased arrived, they instructed him to take them to their destination at Ogba, Oke-Ira.

During their trip, the suspects and one other who is currently at large, suddenly ordered 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 his KIA RIO salon car marked KTU 594DM vehicle was taken away.

The suspects had planned to sell off the car to an unsuspecting buyer. However the police began to trail them and tracked the vehicle after a complaint was made of a missing Uber driver and his car.


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