An ’Uber Driver’ allegedly assaults passenger, steals 2 iPhones worth N610,000


A 42-year-old Uber driver, named Abdulquadri Abdulmumumeen, who allegedly assaulted his passenger with a broken bottle and stole his iPhone valued about N610,000, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Abdulmumumeen, who resides in Salvation Estate in Ajah has been charged with conspiracy, stealing and assault.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecution counsel, Inspector Wasiu Dada, alleged that the defendant assaulted one Mr Michael Marcus with a broken bottle and stole his two iPhones that valued about N610, 000.

Dada, told the court that the defendant committed the offence with some others who are at large on Dec.12 at 8 p. m. in Ikeja.

He submitted that the complainant booked an Uber from Gbagada to Lagos Island.

“The defendant drove to Maryland and informed the complainant that the fuel in the car was exhausted.

“Immediately the defendant stepped out of the car, some men accosted the complainant, injured him with a broken bottle and stole his two iPhones worth N610, 000.

“The complainant suspected the defendant to have orchestrated the attack and informed the police,” the prosecutor said.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.K. Dosunmu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Mrs. Dosunmu further added that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and a verified address by the court.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 137, 287 and 411 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State 2015, (revised).

Assault and stealing are punishable with three years jail term respectively while conspiracy attracts two years, if found convicted.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Feb. 12 for trial.

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