Uber Driver Attempts Suicide Over N90,000 Debt

One Uber driver named Hammed Olojo, 31 was restrained by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad on patrol of Third Mainland Bridge from jumping into the Lagoon. 

Olojo drove himself to the Third mainland Bridge in a Uber Toyota Corolla saloon car. He had written a short note and left it in the car when he was retrained by the officers who monitored him a while before walking up to him.

The driver, an ex – convict, drove the grey Corolla with the registration number EKY 312 ES belonging to Kalejaiye Oluwaseyi to the bridge before attempting to jump into the Lagoon.

When questioned by RRS Commander, ACP Tunji Disu on why he contemplated suicide, he explained that he was owing N10,000 in Court 3, Ikeja High Court and the owner of the vehicle N80,000:00.

He revealed that things have been very difficult for him and that he had tried all possible means to survive with no success.

Olojo disclosed that his wife had persuaded him from going ahead with his suicide plan but his mind was made up and was fed up of everything.

The driver had planned to leave behind a short note in Yoruba and translated into English in the car before leaping into the Lagos Lagoon.

The letter read in part “I killed myself because of the challenges I have been facing in life. I tried my best and everything has come to nothing”.

Olojo also added in the letter that he was owing a creditor N10,000 in Court 3 of Ikeja High Court and N80,000 for the owner of the UBER vehicle he was driving.

The owner of the vehicle, Kalejaiye who was at the RRS office in company of his wife said that for two weeks, he had not remitted N40,000 per week lease to him yet and he Kalejaiye, has been paying for the service of the car.

He also stated that although, he told him to hand over the car last Thursday, at no time did he force him not to drive the car.

He said that he was aware that he had a court case, at no time did he put him under pressure about the car.

In the note which was dated 27th August, 2017 and signed by him, the uber driver indicated his phone number and the car owner’s number.

Confirming the development, Police PRO said that the case had been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

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