A man identified simply as Tade, a driver of a ride-hailing service, has been killed by armed robbers who shot him dead around Badore in the Ajah area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro reports that a yet-to-be-identified customer requested Tade’s service to convey him to a destination in the state, and he drove down to the agreed pick-up point in Badore.
It was learnt that after he got to the destination, three armed men attacked him and while attempting to dispossess him of the car and other valuables, they allegedly shot him twice.
After perpetrating the crime, the robbers fled the scene in his car.
The deceased’s colleague, who gave his name simply as Damilare, claimed that Tade was tricked to the spot where he was shot dead, adding that three hoodlums were responsible for the attack.
“He (Tade) was actually killed around Badore. His service was requested and when he got to where the request emanated from, he met three hoodlums. Immediately, he started struggling with them, not knowing that one of them had a gun, and they shot him twice and drove away in the car”, Damilare said.
“From what we gathered, it appears that the hoodlums requested for his service in a bid to steal his car. That is the trick they usually use; they will make a request for a long distance travel like from Egbeda to Lekki and no driver will see such a request around 7:00pm or 8:00pm and won’t want to go, because it is going to fetch you over N5,000.
“But while driving to the pick-up point, they will ask you to pass through bad roads and when you get there, you will see like three guys with guns, cutlasses and knives, who will suddenly appear to rob you of your phone, money and other valuables.
“They know that most ride-hailing drivers use smartphones to work and some of them have more than one smartphones. This is common around Egbeda; if we get a request around there, we usually tell the person to come out and if the person refuses, we will cancel it. Many of the drivers don’t know this trick and that is why they usually fall victim”.
Damilare further stated that Tade’s family had taken his corpse to the village for burial, adding that people who rushed to rescue him after he was shot, informed one of his colleagues about what happened.
He added: “I cannot take a trip to Badore anytime from 6pm; if I am to take the trip, I will drop the passenger at Ajah or at the point where I can make the next U-turn. If you like to remain in the car, I will lock my car and keep you there. The area is very bad and cursed.”