Failure to get N1.6m for business led us into robbery – Lagos suspects

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The long arms of the law have caught up with two friends – Sule Abdulkareem and Celestine Joseph – who allegedly attempted to dispossess an Uber driver of his vehicle in Lagos over the weekend.

The incident occurred in the Anthony Oke area of the metropolis.

The Herald learnt that the duo ordered an Uber from Keffi, Obalende area heading towards Maryland.

They allegedly produced a gun during the trip at Anthony Oke and attempted to dispossess the driver of his Toyota Corolla vehicle.

However, the driver was said to have refused to stop the vehicle but instead continued driving until he ran into a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel.

The SARS personnel then swooped on the suspects and picked them up.

During interacting with journalists, 29-year-old Abdulkareem stated that he teamed up with Joseph to engage in the act because the latter needed N1.6 million to set up a restaurant business on the island.

He explained that everyone they approached for a loan turned them down.

The suspect said they decided to engage in car jacking to raise the needed funds.

Abdulkareem added that they were both dispatch riders with Jumia before they were disengaged.

Joseph on his part admitted ordering the Jumia ride.

“The plan was to snatch the car from the driver when we got to an isolated and dark place. But he refused to stop at the designated place and there was no other convenient place to strike. The pistol found in our possession was given to us by a friend. We used it for protection,” he said.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said that the suspects would be charged to court soon.

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