Nigerian Uber driver stabbed to death in New York City

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on March 4th, 2019

New York City: On Sunday night, police released new surveillance video of a person of interest wanted in the fatal stabbing of Ganiou Gandonou, a livery cab driver in the Bronx.

Ganiou Gandonou, 27, was found stabbed in the neck and chest in his car late Saturday night in Co-op City. He later died at Jacobi Medical Center.

“I know for sure that he got no problem with anybody. He start this job. He worked. After work, he’s home. He don’t go to parties, met friends, go to clubs, nothing, nothing nothing,” said his widow, Latifatou Alimi, said.

Gandonou (from Ogun State,Nigeria) was working for Uber, but it’s unclear if he was stabbed by a customer.

Uber said it will assist police with the investigation.

Police said the video shows a man dressed in all dark clothing. The suspect ran off from the scene.

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Authorities are reportedly investigating the killing as a possible robbery.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Several drivers have told Nigeria Circle News (NCN) they are often fearful for their safety when driving. While traditional taxis in New York have plastic barriers between the front and back seats, Uber cars have no such protection, and customers sometimes ride in the front seat.

Uber performs background checks on drivers, but no such process is in place for riders. Uber doesn’t verify that passengers have provided their real name, and rides can be purchased anonymously with prepaid debit cards. Business Insider has successfully made accounts with fake names and taken rides on the platform within minutes of signing up.

An NYPD spokesperson declined to comment, saying it was an ongoing investigation. The driver was working at the time, but both Uber and the NYPD declined to say whether the passenger was a suspect.

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