The Lagos State Police Command has revealed that the Uber passenger, Princewill David, who jumped into the Lagos lagoon, did so in order to escape justice after allegedly killing his girlfriend.
David, a resident of Tajudeen Balogun Street, Igando, Lagos, had boarded an Uber from his residence to the Lekki area of the state on February 27, 2020.
On getting to the Third Mainland Bridge around 12am, David reportedly asked the driver to stop to allow him to urinate, but the driver, who had learnt about the same tactics allegedly used by one Toju Daibo before allegedly plunging into the lagoon 12 days earlier, drove to where some personnel of the Rapid Response Squad were stationed on the bridge to alert them.
But before he could inform the policemen, David had come out of the Volkswagen Jetta car and jumped into the lagoon.
The 28-year-old, however, landed on some floating logs of wood underneath the bridge and was later rescued by the RRS personnel, the Marine Police Unit and some local divers.
The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said on Thursday while parading some suspected criminals at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja, stated that David had an altercation with his yet-to-be-identified girlfriend and killed her in the process.
The CP stated that David booked the Uber and asked the driver to go through the Third Mainland Bridge and alighted at a point and jumped into the lagoon so as to escape prosecution for the crime.
Odumosu stated, “He had an altercation with his girlfriend and killed her in a hotel and went to jump into the lagoon to escape justice for the crime he committed.”
On Toju, the CP said, “If a corpse has not been seen, we cannot declare that person dead.”