How I was robbed by armed passengers – Lagos Uber driver laments


Emmanuel Christopher, an Uber driver in Lagos has lamented how his Toyota Corolla car was robbed around the bridge in Adeniji, in the Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State.

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Christopher lamented that the passengers boarded his vehicle around Lekki Phase 1 and were en route to their destinations in Iyana Oworo when one of the passengers pointed a gun at him and ordered him to stop the vehicle under the bridge in Adeniji.

While recounting the events that led to him being robbed of his car by his passengers, Christopher said the incident happened around 10.15pm on March 2, 2023, adding that the armed robbers also robbed him of his mobile phone.

He said, “The incident happened on March 2, 2023. I picked four people from Lekki Phase 1 and the four of them were heading towards Iyana Oworo. The four of them boarded my car at the same time but when we moved forward a little bit, the guy in the front seat asked me to stop.

“He said he forgot his phone and was communicating with the two other persons in the back seat about his phone and they all concluded that we should continue the journey to Iyana Oworo only for us to get to under the bridge in Adeniji and one of the guys in the back seat started shouting Jesus Jesus Jesus.

“As he was trying to open the door, I tried my best to park the vehicle and immediately I parked, the guy sitting behind me pointed a gun to my head and the man in the front seat went for my key. The guy with the gun came down, opened the driver’s door and asked me to disembark.”

Christopher said at that point, the passenger who shouted as he got to know of the impending attack, had got down from the vehicle and escaped, adding that the other three passengers went away with his car.

“When I saw the passenger that escaped running towards me, I grabbed him and took him to the Adeniji Police Station where I wrote a statement about what happened.

The robbers also went away with my phone and the N1, 000 that I had in the car,” he added.

Christopher’s brother, Sunday, said the police informed him of the attack on his brother around 1am, adding that after deliberating with the police, they concluded on tracking his phone to locate the suspects and the stolen vehicle with number plate EPE 620 HL.

He said, “After a long communication with a policeman, we agreed on tracking his phone using the IMEI to get to the robbers which I was billed N50, 000. I made an upfront payment of N30, 000 for the police to commence the tracking but up till now, I have had no response from the police. I also requested that the plate number be flagged as a stolen vehicle but I don’t know the status if it has been flagged.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Police, Benjamin Hundeyin, promised to return but he had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.