An Uber driver, Ademola Quadri, 39, has landed in police net for making a false car snatching report at a police station in Lagos on July 1, 2019.
The Uber driver had allegedly connived with a friend, Uche Sunday, 32, to sell the car to an unsuspecting buyer and use the police report to conceal their criminal act.
He had got the car on hire purchase from Pinehill Leasing Limited but planned to sell it and procure a visa and ticket to Canada.
He had reported the matter at Igando Police Station where the DPO, CSP Taiwo Kasunmu, activated the investigation of the matter.
The police placed him under surveillance and monitored his calls and text messages.
A breakthrough came in the investigation when a credit alert of N560,000 was sent to his phone, with a follow-up message that he should provide the car.
The police then swiftly arrested him.
Confirming the development, the spokesman for the state command, DSP Bala Elkanah, said that: “On 1st July 2019 at about 2200hrs, One Ademola Quadri “m”39 years old of No 24 Oloko Street off College Road, Ogba, Lagos reported at Igando Police Station that three armed men snatched his Toyata Corolla Saloon car with registration no: SMK 732 BR, property of Pinehill Leasing Ltd.
The Divisional Police Officer, CSP Taiwo Kasumu suspecting something sinister, quickly activated credible intelligence network following up on call details and relevant messages of Ademola Quadri who is not aware his transactions are being monitored.
More facts emerged when a message of N560k entered his phone with a follow up message demanding to have the car having made part payment.
The suspect during interrogations confessed to the commission of the crime and led detectives to Ijegun area of Ikotun where the purported snatched vehicle was kept pending full payment.
Police arrested two other suspects namely, Uche Sunday “m” 32 years old, the marketer who claimed to have negotiated the purchase of the car online from Jiji.ng and one other, name withheld suspected to be an innocent buyer. T
Quadri confessed that he cooked up the robbery story to enable him to raise money to buy ticket and travel to Canada for a better life.
The command advised citizens to be careful , before parting with funds when carrying out online transactions. Suspects were charged to court.”