The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two dispatch riders for allegedly attempting to dispossess the driver of a ride – hailing company , Uber , of his vehicle in the Anthony area of the state .
It was gathered that the suspects , Sule Abdulkareem and Celestine Joseph , ordered the ride from Obalende and claimed to be going to Anthony .
The driver , who sensed danger when the suspects attempted to snatch the vehicle from him , drove to where operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad were stationed and the men were arrested .
It was learnt that a gun was recovered from the suspects .
Abdulkareem explained that they planned to use the vehicle as collateral for a loan to start a business .
He said , “ 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 . 6 m 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 . ”