Two (2) dispatch riders have been arrested by the Lagos State Police for attempting to snatch a vehicle in Anthony area, Lagos state.
The suspects identified as Sule Abdulkareem and Celestine Joseph, ordered a ride from the ride-hailing company, Uber, with claims to be going to Anthony area in Lagos, from Obalende.
It was gathered that the driver had a feeling of uncertainty when the robbers attempted to snatch the vehicle from him, which made him to drive to where operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)were deployed, were they were arrested and a gun retrieved from them.
Upon interrogation, one of the suspects, Sule Abdulkareem, disclosed that they had planned to use the car as a loan to start a business.
“I met Celestine (Joseph) when we were both dispatch riders for an online retail company. I left the company when my salary was being deducted illegally even after I had paid fully for the motorcycle that was given to me.
“When I left the company, my friend told me that he wanted to start a restaurant and bar business on the Island and that he needed N1.6m for the business. We looked everywhere to get a loan, but nobody was willing to give us. It was during our search for the loan that somebody told us that we would need collateral.
“We had wanted to use that Toyota Corolla as our collateral to get the money; unfortunately, we were unable to rob the driver of his car. We both agreed to rob the driver. It was an unfortunate incident.”
Joseph, who stated that the gun was given to them by a friend, said they used it to protect themselves from hoodlums while they worked for the online company.
He said, “We planned to snatch the vehicle from him before he got to Maryland; when we asked him to stop at Anthony bus stop, he refused.
“When he did not stop, we decided not to rob him again, but we were arrested by the police.”