A 38 year-old taxi driver, Muritala Olugunju, has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, for stealing the sum of N1.8million from a passenger.

The suspect, who is a native of Ogun State, was said to have picked his passenger, identified simply as Mohammed, at Wuse Zone 6 area of Abuja for shopping, before taking him to a hotel where he wanted to stay.

The victim, who was visiting Abuja, was said to have entered into the hotel to book a room, leaving his bags containing his cash and other belongings in the taxi, but the taxi driver made away with the passengers belongings.

The victim, who became helpless following the incident, alerted the police at IRT, who trailed the suspects and arrested him few weeks later.

The suspect during an interview told Vanguard that the devil pushed him into stealing. He explained that he suspected that the victim had money in his bag because he didn’t go to the bank or use an ATM throughout their trip. “ I gave N200,000 to my girl friend and I also gave my sister N80,000. Then I bought a car for myself which I intended to use for my business, but before I knew what was happening, I was arrested. I regret doing this and I hope my passenger will forgive me.” he pleaded.


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