In a major breakthrough, the Lagos State Police Command has apprehended a 29-year-old bolt driver, Jeremiah Adeniran, who had been involved in a spate of robberies targeting his ride-hailing customers. Adeniran, a 2014 Accounting graduate from Houdegbe North American University Cotonou, was caught after an intensive investigation conducted by the police.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, revealed the startling details during a press briefing where he paraded 39 suspects, including Adeniran. The suspect confessed to robbing four passengers on separate occasions, admitting that he had been engaging in this criminal activity for about a month.
The motivation behind Adeniran’s criminal acts was attributed to the economic pressure caused by the fuel subsidy removal, which significantly impacted his initial income as a bolt driver. Desperate to make ends meet, he resorted to robbing unsuspecting customers, primarily targeting female ride requests.
Adeniran disclosed his modus operandi, wherein he would collaborate with two friends to carry out the heists. They would pretend to have car troubles during the ride and then swiftly take control of the vehicle, robbing the passengers of their belongings at knifepoint.
The suspect was eventually apprehended while attempting to sell the stolen items at the BRT market in Ikotun. Police operatives successfully recovered his operational Toyota Camry Saloon car and the knife used during the robberies.
CP Idowu Owohunwa assured the public that efforts are underway to apprehend the other members of Adeniran’s gang and recover more of their operational weapons. The police are determined to put an end to the reign of terror caused by these criminals and restore safety and confidence among ride-hailing users in Lagos.