May 18, 2017

Body of missing Lagos taxi driver found in morgue

By Sharonrose Robert

LAGOS—The body of Callistus Ugoh, a taxi driver that was declared missing last month, has been found in a morgue in Yaba, Lagos.

Preliminary investigations by the police showed that he was stabbed to death by four men, who posed as passengers.

Ugo, according to his widow, got a call from a female passenger at about 4p.m. on April 14, to take her to an undisclosed location in Ajah.

On his way back, four men stopped him along Lekki-Ajah Expressway, who asked to be taken to Yaba.

Vanguard gathered that half way into the journey, the suspects ordered  Ugo to hand over the key to his Toyota Corolla cab.

A police source said when he refused, the passengers stabbed and strangled him.

Thereafter, they dumped the lifeless body of the 32-year- old driver by the road and left with the car.

Meanwhile, back in his Ikorodu home, his widow, Cynthia, made several calls to his phone without response. A search was conducted around several hospitals and morgues until she got a call that confirmed her fears.

She told Vanguard, “I got a call that my husband was found in the hospital at Yaba. I put some of his clothes and food in a bag to take to him, but I was advised not to carry the bag.

“I only took his clothes which he would change into. When we got to the hospital, I was taken straight to the mortuary section, where I found him stone dead.

“The last word he told me was that he was coming, but his killers did not allow him to fulfil his promise.

“While we were still searching for him, my daughter would always wake up around midnight, calling out to him and crying at the same time. I want justice for my husband.”

Arrested suspects

Police sources disclosed that the suspects were arrested by a police patrol team attached to Bode Thomas Division.

However, only one of the suspects confessed to the crime, while others claimed that they were only invited to help push the vehicle when it could not move, after the tracking device was disabled by the police with the support of the company that installed the device.

Confirming the arrest of the suspects, whose names were not disclosed by police, as they claimed that investigations were still ongoing, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said: “The command has been following up with a case where a driver, who was in possession of a Toyota Corolla car, was reported missing somewhere in Ikorodu.

“In the course of investigation, detectives stumbled on a suspect, who, upon interrogation, confessed to having knowledge of the disappearance of the driver.”